Recommendations for Distance Tutoring

 

HOW TO DISTANCE TUTOR

    • Consider using video conferencing (Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts or other video platforms). Many social media apps popular with learners (e.g., Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp) also offer free video conferencing.
    • Make appointments to have phone calls (for tutoring or just to stay in touch and reduce isolation). If for tutoring, frame each call differently (like doing roleplays over the phone).
    • Email for practice and/or to link to resources, documents, homework, etc.
    • Text learners to let them know if/how you will be keeping in touch.
    • Most learners have SmartPhones but many do not have laptops or desktops, so ask the learner what might work best.  Be flexible!  
    • Ask your learner(s) to watch a video, youtube, read an article, etc. then discuss via email, call or video.
    • Find ways for your learner(s) to demonstrate learning (complete a graphic organizer and send it to you or take a picture of completed work, have them email completed work, practice filling out forms, etc.).
    • Remember to focus on developing skills, not just learning information.
    • If you both use Gmail, consider using Google Docs since you can both read/work on the same document in real-time.
    • Try a multi-player game like Words With Friends.

 

RESOURCES & MATERIALS FOR TUTORING

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEARNERS

    • See our page of resources for learners here.

 

TUTORS! DON'T FORGET ABOUT SELF-CARE!

    • Read this article about taking care of your mental health during uncertain times
    • Staff is working remotely. However, we are here for you! Email us. Make an appointment for a phone call. Keep in touch with us and each other.
    • Review our COVID-19 Update page to stay informed about Washtenaw Literacy.

 

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