You do not have to be in an Elementary Education degree program; however we prefer students with tutoring experience and those with a desire for and background with working with children.
No, but you must provide your own transportation to sites. Many are within walking distance from campus or on the bus route.
There are three types of programs: In-school tutoring, After-school tutoring, and Summer tutoring programs. Hours are between 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Tutoring will not be provided when ISU classes are not in session or the University is closed, i.e., Spring break; unless special arrangements are made with the tutor/program coordinator in advance. For more information, download a copy of the University academic calendar.
Tutoring is conducted in the local schools, public libraries, on the Illinois State University campus, at local after-school programs, and community centers.
Graduate and undergraduate students can appreciate many benefits including:
Merit increases are available to enthusiastic, long-term employees.
Contact the America Reads/America Counts Office at (309) 438-3421 or AmericaReads@IllinoisState.edu for a tutor request form. If your school or classroom is new to the ARAC program, the program coordinator will arrange for a site visit to coordinate services.
Contact the America Reads/America Counts Office at (309) 438-3421 or AmericaReads@IllinoisState.edu and request an enrollment packet. There is no cost to families.
When enrolled in ARAC a student can:
We provide tutors for children in Preschools and entering Kindergarten* through the ninth grade in reading and/or math.
Not necessarily, however we hire students with experience and strong skill sets as to meet the needs of classrooms as much as possible. In individualized instruction, we try to make the best match between tutor and student.
This will vary by instructor during the academic year. A typical day in the classroom may involve rotating between students to check work and/or spending time with one or two students to provide support. Tutors have the option of increasing the number of students they tutor in the after-school program. During the Summer Session, a tutor may provide support for 15 or more students per week. Sessions may be held once per week or more.
*Students must be age 5 by September 1st