The need for tutors in our society today has grown immensely. In every facet of our lives, the need to know more and be more is global. “Knowledge is power” and everybody wants to play in the game.
All school districts in the area (along the Treasure Coast) whether Martin County and Lucie County to the north or Palm Beach County to the south (and all other institutions and establishments in between) have or may have now or in the future the need for tutors (the advent of the computer bears witness to this fact) and therefore we must determine the qualifications and/or requirements needed for a tutor to be effective.
A tutor may be defined as a person engaged (whether for earnings or volunteer) to instruct another in some branch or branches of learning, especially for private or one-on-one instructions when given either as additional, as special or remedial in training.
Different purposes for tutoring would designate the particular requirements for particular situations, locations and types of concerns. For example. . .
In Palm Beach County School District the job description for a tutor states that work is to be one-on-one with a student or with small groups of students who need remedial help in academic subjects to reinforce basic skills. Placements are made with students from kindergarten to high school and with students in adult and community schools
The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County uses volunteer tutors matched to a student and site of their convenience. No previous experience required as training is provided in a one day workshop. Volunteer tutors are asked to commit to six months of service.
Martin County Library System’s Center for Reading & Literacy volunteer requirements include that the person must be interested in and enjoy relating to a variety of people; able to read and write English but professional teacher training not needed. Tutors must be friendly, optimistic, have a sense of humor and must have patience. Commitment requirement is twice a week, 9-12 months minimum.
While some tutors’ formal education may consist of a high school diploma or a GED equivalent compared to college/university degrees (teaching certificates and experience), no assumptions should be made as to the quality of service one would receive.
A tutor must have “heart” to be continually successful with students as the tutor (working one-on-one and small groups) gets to see the real person when their needs to improve reveals their vulnerability; a student will expose those things one may not know– which are hindrances to the learning process that the student has been pretending to know, but did not understand (the subject matter, especially in the case of literacy). Compassion is needed by the tutor in order to lead them into the magnificent world of learning –one tutoring session at a time.