Tutor Training

The ReadWriteServe programs of the Center for Adolescent Literacies provide tutor training opportunities in face-to-face and online formats. The face-to-face trainings are typically 2 to 3-hour trainings that introduce basic tutoring concepts. We work with the United Way of Central Carolinas to make these available in community. In addition, we are developing online training modules that provide more indepth resources around key topics relevant to tutoring. 

  • Tutoring 101 is our introductory tutor training. Offered in face-to-face formats, this workshop provides an overview of tutoring including getting to know the learner, what to do in the first sessions, informal assessment of reading, how to pick books for tutoring, planning for tutoring sessions, and strategies to help students with comprehension, fluency, word learning, decoding and phonics. This initial tutor training is fast-paced and comprehensive but does not go into great depth on each topic. 

ReadWriteServe Tutoring 101 Power Point (revised 11/2015)

RWS Tutor Handbook (revised 11/2015)

  • Tutoring 201 sessions focus on elements or pieces of tutoring in greater depth. Most Tutoring 201 sessions are in a face-to-face format but occassionally we offer one online. Here is the current list of Tutoring 201 sessions we have created:
  • Phonics & Fluency helps tutors who work with students who have difficulty sounding out words or who read in a monotone manner. The workshop helps tutors go beyond "sound it out" and offers multiple strategies to help students decode and figure out words and to sound more natural as they read. 

Phonics & Fluency Power Point

  • Comprehension 201 is a workshop with indepth information to help tutors working with learners who struggle with comprehension. Comprehension is the "so what" of reading--the ultimate goal of meaning making.

Comprehension Power Point

Comprehension Handbook Supplement (handout)


  • Teaching English Language Learners focuses on strategies for working with students for whom English is not their first language. 

Teaching English Language Learners Power Point (PDF)


  • Tutoring Adolescents presents information for engaging and tutoring students in grades 4 through 12. Many of the challenges for students in the upper elementary through middle and high school years involves reading and learning content area texts. 

Recording of Centra Session:  Working with Adolescents  Please advance past the first 26 minutes. This was a set up time and was recorded by mistake.

Working with Adolescents Power Point

Working with Adolescents Handout (PDF)