Each Northstar student is matched with a volunteer tutor-mentor who works with the student for the full academic year, and often for several subsequent years. When a student starts the program, Northstar speaks with the student, parents and teachers to pinpoint areas of academic strengths and weakness to help address their particular needs.
At each location, Northstar holds twice weekly 90 minute tutoring sessions. During this hour and a half, students work with their volunteers to complete their homework and study for upcoming tests and quizzes. Students are also provided with supplemental educational materials based on their individual math and reading needs for days when they do not have homework.
Participants at our D.C. location (Mt. Pleasant Library) meet from 6:30-8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
At our Hyattsville, MD location student-tutor pairs meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm.
After the student/tutor pairs have worked together for 6 weeks, they may begin to participate in mentoring activities. These outings are planned by the volunteer and the student/parent and can range from going to the movies or visiting a museum, to attending sporting events or meeting for extra tutoring sessions. These mentoring activities help to solidify the tutor/student relationship which in turn improves the effectiveness of tutoring sessions.
Our tutoring programming continues throughout the summer, offering students the opportunity to keep up academic progress and avoid the ‘summer slump’. Since students do not have school work during these months, supplemental materials are created by Northstar for volunteers to work on with their students.