What is Opportutoring?
Opportutoring is student-run organization under Enactus McGill. We are working to provide free one-on-one English tutoring lessons to political refugees via Skype. We hope to provide them with opportunities to better integrate into their country of relocation.
What will be my role as a tutor?
You will be expected to commit 2-3 hours a week to tutor a student via Skype. You will be expected to be consistent in the time and day that you tutor the student, and be mindful of the time zone, which means the tutoring lessons will likely be earlier in the day. Furthermore, you will be expected to be punctual and prepared for your lessons, and to consistently communicate with your team to make sure the team is working as efficiently as possible and that all material gets covered and not repeated. Finally, you are also expected to be respectful, sensitive and mindful of the situation that your student might be in, as well as the possible cultural differences.
How many hours will I have to put in in a week as a tutor?
An average of 2-3 hours a week is expected. That would consist of around 30 minutes of lesson preparation, and 1.5-2 hours of teaching, depending on the week and student. Also, you will be expected to have regular meetings and communication with your team, where you can decide who covers what material during their lesson, and discuss how the student is doing, and possible areas of improvement.
Am I the student’s only tutor?
No. You will be placed in a group of 3-5 people. This is so that the student can receive as many hours of tutoring a week as possible. As a team, you will be expected to consistently stay in communication and meet regularly. Together, you will decide who covers what material, to ensure that the student gets a consistent education.
Do I have to come up with lessons myself?
We have a prepared curriculum which you will use as your base and foundation for teaching. This curriculum will cover different grammar points, vocabulary as well as different topics of conversation.
Before you start tutoring, you will meet with your entire team and will be introduced to the curriculum, how it works, and how you will be expected to use it. During the semester, you are more than welcome to give us feedback on the curriculum and how it can improved.
It follows the European A1 – C2 system. However, every student is different and will have different strengths and weaknesses as well as different goals and starting points. If the student is not learning well with the curriculum provided, you will be expected to approach the Opportutoring team, and together we will work to tailor the curriculum to the individual student.
Where are the students from, and who are they?
The students may be from anywhere, and are likely to be located in Europe or the Middle East. We do not discriminate in terms of gender, age, or religion. This means you could be tutoring anybody – as of now, we have students between the ages of 18-30, but this range might widen with time. They are people who are self-motivated to learn English, widen their opportunities, and better integrate into their country of relocation.
How do I get in contact with the students?
Once in Opportutoring, you will be placed on the list of possible tutors. When we have a student available, you will be contacted to meet with your new team, and we will introduce you to the curriculum.
I’m interested in being a tutor but I cannot fully commit to 2-3 hours a week, is there a way I can still join Opportutoring?
We encourage you to fill out the application anyway. There is a section in the application form where you can explain how many hours you can commit to a week, and you can specify your availabilities. You can be placed as a substitute tutor.
What will be my role during summer?
McGill summers are long – 4 months – and it is impossible for the tutoring to stop for this amount of time, as it would be much too long of a hiatus for the students. Therefore, we will be continuing classes during the summer. We will need you to specify your availabilities, and if there are periods of time that you are unable to tutor. You and your team can decide on substituting one another, and it is possible to have a 1-2 week break, if no one is available during that time. However, we really do encourage you to be as consistent as you can with the tutoring. We understand that summers are often for relaxation, but joining Opportutoring means dedicating yourself to the students, and it is a commitment of 3 hours a week.
If you have a full-time internship or jobs, we can discuss your weekend availabilities, or we can work around your availabilities to ensure that the student has consistent lessons. Special cases will be discussed.
How do I become a tutor?
Fill in the application form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CorPeWiKzOvG4ssPBF-wW7gqKWQQbFkhOOeDVhWU_a8/viewform?edit_requested=true
Shortly after submitting your application, we will contact you for an interview. There, we will discuss your answers on the application form, ask you some other questions and answer any of your questions. This is a great opportunity for us to learn more about you as a person, and try and find the best fit with your team and a student.