A reading tutor is hired by schools, alternative education facilities and in a private capacity to provide students with assistance in reading. Let’s face it – members of this generation are seldom interested in physical books that one can pick up and hold! The concentration is perhaps on reading online which is hardly a basis for judging their reading skills. But most reading tutors do take technology into account when tutoring students simply because the latter can probably relate to it better.
To work as a reading tutor, you need to have some experience in the area. While some employers may consider a high school diploma sufficient to work as one, you might need a degree in the language you are assisting students with. Working as a reading tutor can be great fun and quite rewarding, but one has to take it seriously. After all, you will be responsible for the future of all the students that you are tutoring.
For many students, reading issues are supplemented by vocabulary and pronunciation problems. It is important that you are well-versed in teaching these as well. You will need to be exceptionally patient as you will come across many students who leave a lot to be desired where reading is concerned! Typically, you will be performing some or all of the duties listed below:
• Confer with lead teachers to determine each student’s reading weaknesses and limitations
• Create and develop core reading assistance programs to meet the individual requirements of each student
• Hold group or one on one sessions with students to determine firsthand how well-acquainted they are with concepts of reading
• Assist students in specific weak areas such as vocabulary and pronunciation
• Create and implement activities based learning techniques to develop students’ interest in reading
• Introduce new books and resources to students based on their individual interests
• Incorporate technology into standard tutoring procedures to help students identify with the concept of reading
• Conduct reading and discussion sessions to encourage students and to assess their reading prowess and developed reading skills
• Provide detailed feedback regarding each student’s progress to lead teachers and parents
• Assist students in weak areas by providing them with one on one sessions specifically planned in that particular area
• Provide support with homework in a manner that extend students’ understanding and interest
• Review content with students to help them gain study skills and organize techniques to help improve their academic performance