How Does It Work?
When you call our office, the first thing we will do is make an appointment to meet you in person.
At the appointment, you will meet with one of our education coordinators or our executive director. We will ask you to complete a basic intake form so that we can learn more about you, and we will tell you more details about our organization.
Our education coordinators each serve a particular area--Mary supports tutors and students in and around Lee, Lenox, and the northern-most part of the LitNet service area. Marcia supports tutors and students in and around Great Barrington, Sheffield, and the southern-most part of the LitNet service area.
After this appointment, our education coordinators will review your form and will look for a student who would be a good match for your schedule and your experience.
Remember, you don't need to have any particular experience in a foreign language or in teaching in order to be a tutor! Each tutor has his or her own special skills and life experience to offer. For example, if you are a scientist, we would love to match you with a student studying for the science portion of the high school equivalency exam. If you are a banker, you might be a perfect match for someone who is working to find a job as a bank teller. If you love gardening, you could be just right for a student who also loves working with plants.
Sometimes we find a match very quickly! Other times, students will have to wait several weeks or a month for a tutor, but we try to match students with tutors as quickly as we can.
When we find an appropriate match, the education coordinator will call you and make an appointment for you and your student to meet. The education coordinator will introduce you to your student and will help with the first lesson. We will provide you with materials appropriate to your student's learning level and will model techniques and approaches for working with your student. After the first match, you and your student will meet weekly, at a time and in a location that is convenient for you both.
LitNet staff is available to help you with new ideas, materials, and lesson planning on an ongoing basis. As you work with your student, you will learn more about each other and about his/her learning needs. We encourage you to be flexible and to adapt your teaching approach over time.
Remember, if you have questions, you can always call the LitNet office for help at 413-243-0471.