Frequently Asked Questions about Tutoring
Where and when do tutoring sessions take place?
Most tutoring sessions take place after school between 3:00pm and 8:00pm. The tutoring sessions must always take place in a public space. Most often, tutors meet their students at a shelter or in a library.
What factors are considered when matching me with a student?
After you complete the tutor application process and training, you will be matched with a student. You will be matched with a student based on your preferences for location, tutoring day/time, grade, and subject.
How long must I commit to being a tutor?
We ask that you commit to tutoring for at least six months.
How old must I be to become a tutor?
You must be at least twelve years old to tutor. If you are interested in being a tutor and are between the ages of twelve and eighteen, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at each tutoring session. Although your parent or guardian will need to be fingerprinted, you will not.
Can I give my student a gift to reward their hard work, for their birthday, etc?
Yes, especially educational gifts such as books. Gift giving should be reserved for special occasions and achievements such as birthdays and graduations. If you have any concerns about giving a gift, please check with the student's parent or guardian or with the shelter staff. Expensive gifts are discouraged.
Are field trips with students allowed?
Like gifts, fieldtrips are allowed but are best when they are educational and not extravagant. In order to take your student on a fieldtrip, a permission slip must be signed by the student's parent or guardian, as well as a Community Education Partnerships staff member. It is very important to have all paper work completed before going on a fieldtrip.
What if I want to tutor more than one hour per week or more than one student each week?
Great! If you are interested in tutoring one student for more than one hour per week, please check with the student's parent or guardian to schedule the additional tutoring hours. If you are interested in tutoring more than one student, please let us know and we can match you with an additional student.
What happens if my student leaves?
If your student leaves his/her shelter or current location, please contact the Community Education Partnerships office to determine if you can keep working with the same student or if you need to be matched with a new student.
How does Community Education Partnerships support me as a tutor?
Once you are matched with a student, Community Education Partnerships staff will keep in touch with you primarily through email and newsletters. If you have any questions or concerns about your tutoring sessions or a specific situation, if you would like assistance or feedback, or if you are in need of curriculum and activity ideas, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What if I need to miss a tutoring session?
If you need to miss one or two tutoring sessions, please let the student and his/her parent or guardian know. If you will need to miss more than two tutoring sessions in a row, please let the student and his/her parent or guardian know, as well as a staff member at Community Education Partnerships.
For those with additional questions about becoming a tutor, please contact: