Math Motivators Program Summary

The Math Motivators program provides free in-person or virtual math tutoring for students whose parents/guardians cannot afford to pay for private tutoring.

While our primary focus is Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1, our tutors can provide math tutoring at any level either during the school day or after school. That is what helps make our program unique.

Listed below is a summary of all the math tutoring options that we can provide:

- weekly math practice or homework help for all math topics for middle and high school students

- test prep programs for the math section of the SAT, ACT, and state/city standardized tests

- sessions for students needing credit recovery

- summer programs as a bridge for incoming 9th grade students (or students at any middle or high school grade level)

- virtual tutoring sessions for any of the above

Generally, the schools and organizations that we partner with should be ones at which at least 50% of the students receive free-or-reduced lunch.

We typically start small (10-20 students), depending on the number of tutors that can make the session time/s, and then we grow the program at a site. Our preferred model is 2 students working with 1 tutor. The most important criteria for us is that the students need and want the help, and that they can commit to attending the sessions on time and regularly.

For in-person tutoring, our partner organizations/schools ideally are located within a 20-minute drive (or train/bus ride) from the main locations where the tutors live, attend university or work.

We prefer an approximate 1-hour time frame (or class period) be available for weekly tutoring sessions. Tutoring sessions are often scheduled during resource, study, or advisory periods, or over lunch. We also can run sessions after-school which tends to work well for volunteers. However, after-school sessions could be difficult for students due to transportation issues and after-school commitments.

We require that a staff member be present and remain in line-of-sight of the Math Motivators tutors and students each session.

It is necessary that the tutoring sessions be held in a designated classroom or other area that is conducive to learning (i.e., should not be an area in which other students not in the program might be loud or disruptive). If the tutoring session will be held over lunch time or after school, food must be allowed in the room in which the tutoring sessions occur.

We will need an assigned point-of-contact. This person will need to provide timely updates to the coordinator regarding any changes in the site’s schedule or emergency closings. If we are providing weekly math help in partnership with a school, the assigned contact person will ensure that the materials* that the tutors will be working on with students are shared with the Math Motivators coordinator at least 24 hours prior to each tutoring session. Math Motivators tutoring sessions are meant to support the teaching and learning that is occurring in the classroom. As such, we typically do not bring our own materials for tutoring sessions, apart from those we provide for our SAT and ACT test-preparation sessions. However, we can provide fluency practice and additional problem sets as needed.

*Math curriculum/problem sets with answer keys and exemplars provided to the Math Motivators coordinator electronically (e.g., shared via email or a folder in a Google drive ). Paper copies of assignments for students should also be provided by the organization, school or student.