Welcome, volunteers! Please view our volunteer tutoring guide here.


Following a tutoring session, tutors must fill out this mandatory form (below). This should be completed no later than two (2) weeks after a session. The review form is intended to measure student progress, improve your volunteer experience, and allow Invictus Institute to improve our programs.

We’ve compiled some resources for you to use while tutoring. You can find the folder on Google Drive here.

Tools for Tutoring Sessions

1) How to Screen Share in Skype

  1. Start a voice or video call with a single person or a group.
  2. During the call, tap or click the plus icon in the call bar, then choose Share screen.
  3. If you’re using more than one screen, select the screen you want to share.
  4. Use the Share your screen drop-down to choose what to share – either your full screen or a specific window, then choose Start.
  5. Select Stop sharing when you’re finished.

2) Tech Tool Recommendation: Idroo (Idroo.com)

Idroo is an online whiteboard that can be integrated with Skype. Tools include Freehand, Line, Rectangle/Square, Ellipse/circle, Text, Formula/Equation, Images and Documents, and an Eraser.

Preparing for a Tutoring Session

Compile your resources. Later in this guide, you will find some standard exercises to use with your students, like quizzes and conversation questions.

Identify student status and customize the lesson. The first session with the students, you should focus on finding strengths and weaknesses so that you can better focus your future sessions.

Develop a working knowledge of the tools you’ll be using. Later in this guide, you will find a list of helpful technology resources to download. Screen sharing can be helpful, and it is also a possibility to share a whiteboard with your students to map out math problems.

Incorporate visual learning materials. Many students are visual learners. Try to incorporate images, videos, and graphic organizers of the material that you can use during the lesson and send to your students to refer to later.

Parts of a Lesson

  • Introduction. How will you introduce the topic to students? An informational video? Some introductory questions? An exercise for the first part of the class?
  • Presentation. Present the idea to the student. Include links to videos, images, exercises as you see fit. These materials should fully encompass the concept, preparing the student for assessment and application if necessary.
  • Practice. How will you ensure students’ knowledge of the topic? A quiz that you will go through together? Include a set of questions that you might ask or a link to a quiz to go over.
  • Independent Review. How can students continue to practice this topic until the next session? Send over the links to practice quizzes and other materials, or have the student write down some notes on the lesson. Sustained practice is the best way to fully comprehend a concept!

“Smart” Goal Setting

Specific | Specific, rather than vague and overgeneralized goals, will ensure that you have sessions with your student that are both effective and focused.

Measurable | Goals that can be measured are far more effective than open-ended goals. Set assignments, like a problem, worksheet, or list of words that should be accomplished.

Achievable | While you should attempt to challenge your student to do their best, setting goals that are overly rigorous will cause stress for both you and your student.

Realistic | Set a specific plan out for how the student’s goal will become reality, keeping in mind barriers such as time and other commitments.

Trackable | Keep track of your student’s progress and make sure that they are meeting regular intervals of progress. Start a spreadsheet or take notes after a session to see how your student is progressing.

A SMART goal is one that follows all the formerly mentioned guidelines. An example would be for a student to be able to sustain a conversation with a set of questions you ask, to perform well on a quiz you give them, or comprehends the meanings of vocabulary words upon being cued on them.

Lesson Planning

Creating a Timeline We ask that volunteers commit to at least a one hour long session each week, sustained for a period of four months. During that four months, volunteers should set a goal that they hope to accomplish for their students. Using lesson plans and our suggested resources, try to create a timeline for how you will set your students up for success.

What would a timeline look like? Week 1: Introduce students to basic questions. Assess knowledge of basic English words and conversation skills. Week 2: Quiz on basic questions (i.e. What is your name? Where are you from? How are you doing?)Week 3: Introduce daily life words. Use real-life examples to introduce practical scenarios and useful words. Week 4: Picture exercise. Student will identify objects in pictures based on past vocabulary picture tutorial.