Tutoring: Leaps and Bounds in Student Achievement

January 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Student Stories, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Quarterly reports for the Basic Adult Literacy Tutoring Program are in! Quarterly reports provide great insights into students’ progress and the different ways literacy has impacted their lives. Take a moment to read what some BAL Tutors have written about their students’ progress, and the learning lessons that come from this one-on-one experience.

Sheka has been in need of a second job for some time. Over the summer and early fall, we completed many job applications. Sheka accepted a job at Arlington Hospital doing maintenance work overnight. Sheka now has two full time jobs. He does not want to give up tutoring nor does he want to give up contact with me and my family (the feeling is mutual). We will work it out. With luck, Sheka will be bringing his family here from Sierra Leone during 2012.
-Mary Anne, LCNV BAL Tutor

Arun has had a good end-of-the year experience: first, he passed the NOVA Accuplacer test, which he practiced with me on the computer; second, he took the citizenship test and interview. On January 3, 2012, Arun became a US citizen!
-Jill, LCNV BAL Tutor

The thing I like about Emelia is that she is always asking questions that lead to grammar, tenses, etc. I know this is helping Emelia. She told me a ‘friend’ took her to the bank and wanted her to co-sign a paper. Emelia told me the girl covered up the papers except where she was to sign. Emelia said she [the girl] knew she didn’t read well. Emelia uncovered the papers and saw the word LOAN. She immediately told her [the girl] how disappointed she was in her. When Emelia told me this story, I literally got chills. I knew our time, no matter how little, had made a difference.

Emelia is now working 5-6 days a week. She feels confident in herself. Emelia also tells me how she is helping her two-year-old with sounds. She is very proud of this.
-Jeanne, LCNV BAL Tutor

To learn how you can become a LCNV Volunteer Tutor inthe Basic Adult Literacy Tutoring Program or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tutoring Program, please contact volunteers@lcnv.org.  Get involved or donate today, and support LCNV’s cause.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-237-0866 ext. 104
www.lcnv.org

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