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On Campus Tutoring

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Off Campus Tutoring

Private Tutoring

The off-campus tutoring program currently tutors children at Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign, as well as Urbana Middle School in Urbana. There has been a significant improvement in the performance of students in both locations due of our program, and our tutoring services have become one of the most influential programs Phi Eta Sigma has established. Along with helping to improve children’s performance on standardized tests, all our tutors involved have had a fun and rewarding experience making a difference in their lives.

About the Program

Phi Eta Sigma Tutors can choose to either work with children on a one-on-one basis, or aid the classroom as a whole. At Garden Hills elementary, tutors can help children in any grade level they choose, including Kindergarten through 5th grade. At Urbana Middle School, members tutor in whichever grade level they would like and in the subject area they prefer. Tutors also have the chance to build mentoring relationships with their students, as they volunteer at the same time and with the same classroom each week.

The Facts

Outlined by Penny Griglione, the school’s tutoring coordinator, our tutors cumulatively donated over 700 hours to the school during the last school year, which the school district has appraised at over $12,000 – this was calculated through an estimated hourly value assigned to higher-educated individuals. Tutoring hours this year alone have exceeded 600 hours already. Additionally, suspensions went from 44 to only 6 in the 2005-2006 school year, and the students’ ISAT Math scores have increased from 40% of the students passing in 2001 to the recent 100% passing rate by 2006.

How to Get Involved

Those of you who are interested in tutoring younger students during the next school year should contact the off-campus tutoring coordinator Jerry Janczy with the following information all on one line separated by commas:

Last Name, First Name, NetID, UIN, if you have a car? (YES/NO), and which school you prefer to tutor at (Garden Hills/Urbana Middle School) (ex: Smith, Bob, 123456789, NO, Urbana)

Download the Tutoring Background Check Form (.pdf; requires Adobe Acrobat)

When do I tutor?

There is no specified time for those volunteering to tutor. You may schedule your own weekly time slot with the school. We ask that you only volunteer for the program if you can tutor at least once a week. It makes the program more beneficial and enjoyable if you attend your sessions consistently.

How do I get there?

If you do not have a car, you may arrange a carpool with someone also tutoring at the same time. There is also a bus route which you may take.

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The address to Garden Hills is: 2001 Garden Hills Dr, Champaign, IL 61821

Some Possible Bus Routes:

Itinerary 1:

From Transit Plaza stop on Wright, take 10 GOLD to Lincoln Square.
Take 7W GREY to Williamsburg & Mattis.
Walk 0.71 miles northeast to 2001 Garden Hills Drive

Itinerary 2:

From Park & Wright (just north of University Ave.) bus stop, take 7W GREY to Williamsburg & Mattis.
Walk 0.71 miles northeast to 2001 Garden Hills Drive.

How many points can I get?

You may receive a point for attending the first mandatory meeting. Participants are rewarded one active volunteering point per hour of tutoring.