This is a guide for online tutors working with students remotely over video chat. Please use these resources to improve your student’s experience and check back frequently for updates! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Basic set up instructions
How to structure your session
1. Check in (5 minutes) – Build rapport with your student. Ask them to tell you the best part of their day, talk about their hobbies outside of school, ask them what their favorite movie is, etc. Then, create some goals for the session in collaboration with the student – ask them what they want to accomplish, so they have agency over their learning.
2. Homework/Academic Enrichment Activity 1 (20 minutes) – Use the whiteboard app or screen-sharing to work together.
If your student does not have homework, use these School on Wheels resources:
Digital Literacy Pilot Program
Digital Learning Activities
Or come up with your own ideas! Give your student agency by letting them choose between 2-3 options.
If you’re using worksheets, ask your site contact person to print out materials for your student ahead of time. You can also ask your site contact if you need guidance on what to work on with your student.
3. Academic Enrichment Activity 2 (20 minutes) – Switch it up to a different activity! Pick a different activity from the list above, or an activity of your own. If you’re really stuck, have your student ask your designated site staff person for more work.
4. Educational Game, video, or fun activity (10 minutes) – Do something fun but educational with the student. Find a video related to the topic you discussed, find a game on the School on Wheels website, or something else creative.
5. Check out (5 minutes) – Review what you’ve accomplished and celebrate successes!
Resources & Activities
How to do pre- and post-assessments
If you meet with the same student every week, you must do pre and post-assessments.
Do the ELA and Math pre-assessments within the first 3 sessions with your student. Find the appropriate assessment here, open the online form, share your screen with your student, have them verbally tell you the answers, and fill out the form for them. The assessment results will be emailed to you and guide you to resources to help your student fill in gaps.
Do the ELA and Math post-assessments at least 6 sessions after the pre-assessment. Use the same assessment you used for the pre-assessment, and follow the same process.
Hour logging tutorial – Note that if you tutor a different student every week, you must put the name of the student you worked with in the “Student” box.
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