PAR Tutor Resources
The mission of Partners in Reading is to enrich the lives of adults through reading, writing, technology, life skills, critical thinking, as well as English language learning; equipping them to achieve their goals and participate more fully and with greater confidence in all areas of their lives.
Partners in Reading Facts
Review our Partners in Reading Fact Sheet (PDF, 504.95 KB) for more information about Partners in Reading
Reflections from Experienced Tutors
I tutor because it allows me to better connect with my local community and it makes me feel good to share my skills to help someone else overcome challenges and reach their goals. I also learn and grow through my tutoring experience. My advice to new tutors is to be a good listener, ask for feedback from your learner, and test your results to see if you need to change something you are doing. — BG
I find it enjoyable, gratifying, rewarding. And I also find it humbling, as I realize how much I don't know about other cultures and geographical/political environments. — MY
I tutor because I believe that literacy will continue to lead us forward instead of keeping us bound by old beliefs. — BC
Be flexible – Adjust if your learner isn't ready for your agenda. — MY
I tutor because I want to make the world a better place. — JR
Be creative - find ways to help your learner. There is a lot of truth to "if the student failed to learn, the teacher failed to teach". — MY
Keep trying new approaches if the one you're using isn't working. — BC
Enhance your tutoring sessions with these websites combining technology and techniques for teaching basic skills.
- New American Horizons: ESL teaching videos
- West Virginia Department of Education: for organizing difficult reading passages and challenging writing assignments.
- Puzzle Maker: make puzzles to reinforce learning
- Meg Schofield's MegPhonics: phonics teaching
- East Side Literacy: for teaching learners whose first language is not English.
- ProLiteracy: free online courses to upgrade your tutoring skills.
- California Library Literacy Services goals
- LINCS: comprehensive spelling and decoding program.
- Marshall Adult Education has stories at a variety of levels that build fluency.
- Pinterest has a variety of websites to teach reading, writing, basic with resources for tutors.
- Literacy Works: tutoring and learning resources