Tutoring Options

For Fall 2021, based on the current virus levels and health department guidelines, I am able to offer three learning options: remote tutoring, in-person tutoring at the Wilmette Public Library, and in-person tutoring at the student’s home.

For more about each option, see the explanations below. Or contact me for help deciding which option best fits the student’s learning needs and health concerns.

Option 1: Remote Writing Tutoring

Remote tutoring is the safest option and has proven to be effective for many students. For new students, I’m happy to schedule a socially distanced outdoor visit to introduce myself before starting remote sessions.

What’s Involved?

Online Student-Tutor Interaction

Health Risk: No virus risk for students or tutor.
Location: From our own homes.
Session Length: Generally 1 hour weekly is a minimum to make progress. Young students and students with special needs may do better with two 30-minute sessions per week.
Recommended Technology & Materials for Students

  • Writing location with a desk or other workspace free of noise or distractions.
  • Computer laptop (with functioning monitor, microphone, speakers, and camera).
  • High-speed internet connection with capacity for streaming video.
  • Student email account for Zoom calls and for sharing writing online.
  • Google Docs for sharing writing and feedback for students who can type. Or a notebook and pen/pencil for students who do not type.
  • All students should have paper and pen/pencil available for exercises, brainstorming, and note taking.

Find out more about Remote Tech Options.

Option 2: In-Person Tutoring at Wilmette Public Library

For Fall 2021, I am restarting in-person tutoring at the Wilmette Public Library, which is currently operating under some covid-prevention guidelines.

What’s Involved?

Face-to-Face Student-Tutor Interaction

Health Risk: Low virus risk for students and tutor.
Location:Wilmette Public Library. Currently, the library has limited seating at tables located in common areas, but no private study rooms are available. Nonetheless, this is a good environment for students who are able to focus on their work in a relatively quiet area that is shared with the public.
Session Length: Generally 1 hour weekly is a minimum to make progress.
Health Measures

  • The student and tutor will use face masks at all times and maintain social distancing, as required by the library rules.
  • Students and tutors will inform each other about COVID-19 exposure and will stay home if sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Classes will be canceled due to: local or state stay-at-home orders; bad weather; library closure or closure of workspace; or COVID-19 symptoms, positive test, or exposure.

Student Equipment & Materials

  • Notebook and pen or pencil for writing.
  • Another option is a laptop computer and Google Docs or Word.

Option 3: In-Person Tutoring at a Student’s Home

I am fully vaccinated against COVIO-19 to protect the health of both me and my students. But, unfortunately, the Delta variant is introducing new challenges, which are being met by new guidelines from health departments and school districts.

What’s Involved?

Face-to-Face Student-Tutor Interaction

Health Risk: Low virus risk for students and tutor.
Location: At the student’s home, the best areas include: backyard picnic table, 3-seasons porch, or well ventilated room.
Session Length: Generally 1 hour weekly is a minimum to make progress.
Health Measures

  • The tutor will use a face mask at all times. A mask is recommended for all students; those who are not vaccinated must wear a mask.
  • Students and tutors will inform each other about COVID-19 exposure and will cancel if sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Classes will be canceled due to: local or state stay-at-home orders; bad weather; loss of workspace; or COVID-19 symptoms, positive test, or exposure.

Student Equipment & Materials

  • Notebook and pen or pencil for writing.
  • Another option is a laptop computer and Google Docs or Word.