Frequently Asked Questions
How is the program structured?
The L2L program model is simple and flexible, which makes it easily adaptable to suit the particular needs of any given school. The following 4 core elements are common to every school:
- 2-3 tutor training sessions with an L2L trainer
- 10 hours of one-on-one peer-tutoring sessions
- Group review and debrief meetings between L2L tutors and trainers after intervals of 3, 6 and 10 tutoring sessions
- Final celebration and certificate distribution ceremony
When L2L is offered at schools, and how much time does the program take, from start to finish?
L2L programming can start at various points during the school year. The latest recommended start date for an L2L program is January for elementary schools, and February for semestered secondary schools
With 2-3 training sessions for tutors, at least 10 of peer-tutoring sessions, 3 mid-program review meetings, a final review meeting, and celebration, each L2L program takes at least a couple months from start to finish.
The most important thing to consider when planning and scheduling an L2L school program is what will work in the specific context of a school. Some schools will want to support a particular grade with tutoring leading up to a provincial test; some schools may want to offer the program to students who want to boost their grades before applying for college or university; and some schools will want to engage with L2L on an ongoing basis all year to provide general support for all students.
How many tutors and peers participate in each L2L school program?
Each L2L program is tailored to suit the particular needs of our schools, so the scope of the program is determined by the School Coordinator, in collaboration with their designated L2L Trainer. On average, elementary schools usually have 10-15 tutors involved in L2L programming, while secondary schools usually have 15-20 tutors involved. Each of these tutors usually supports 1 peer.
Who can be a tutor?
The most important qualities of a good tutor are empathy, communication, a positive attitude, and a desire to help others. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of an L2L Tutor. If you are at a school with an L2L program, speak with your teacher about how to get involved.
Can I get academic credit for being an L2L tutor?
It is the School Coordinator’s responsibility to decide whether it is feasible to offer L2L programming in this way. In some schools, L2L is embedded into the Grade 11 leadership course.
Can I get community service hours for being an L2L tutor?
Many L2L tutors have used their peer tutoring hours with L2L towards their community service graduation requirements or for course credit. If you are a participating L2L Tutor and want to learn more about this option, speak with your L2L School Coordinator.
Who can be tutored through L2L?
There are a variety of ways a school can identify candidates for tutoring. Students can sign up, and in this case, anyone who wants extra help can be tutored, or a school can identify a particular grade or a group of students to whom tutoring is offered. These decisions are made by the School Coordinator, in collaboration with their designated L2L Trainer.
Is there a cost for students to receive tutoring with L2L?
There is no cost for students to receive peer-tutoring with L2L. One of the driving purposes of our program is to offer academic support to students who would not otherwise receive it to due to a lack of financial means.
What subjects are supported by L2L tutoring?
The subjects of tutoring sessions differ from school to school. Often, there is a variety of subjects covered within one L2L program, and often students ask for support with more than one subject. This focus is determined by the School Coordinator, the L2L Tutors, and the Peers.
Who can be an L2L trainer?
L2L Trainers have a passion for learning and for helping others, are creative problem solvers, and believe that all students can succeed under the right conditions with appropriate support. Relevant experience includes
– Experience teaching in a classroom/group setting
– Leadership Development Training
– Knowledge of Multiple Intelligences, Mindsets and Learning Styles
If you are interested in becoming an L2L Trainer, contact us at info@L2L.ca
Who can be an L2L School Coordinator?
L2L School Coordinators have a passion for learning and for helping others, are creative problem solvers, and believe that all students can succeed under the right conditions with appropriate support. This role is open to anyone on staff at a school. If you are interested in becoming an L2L Trainer, contact us at email@example.com
What are the benefits of participating?
Tutors can benefit from participating in L2L in the following ways:
- Developing communication and leadership skills
- Some secondary schools offer L2L as part of a for-credit course, so some students can obtain academic credit for participating
- Many schools accept tutoring hours as community service hours
- Helping another student and making a difference in their lives
- Obtaining valuable experience to add to their resume
- Receiving a certificate that recognizes their achievement
Peers being tutored can benefit from L2L in the following ways:
- Having free-of-charge, one-on-one academic support in areas requiring improvement
- Developing a relationship with a supportive peer
- Seeing an improvement on test scores and grades
- Developing the confidence required to succeed in and out of school
Where does your funding come from?
L2L is an Ontario-registered charitable organization, and our funding comes from a variety of sources, with the majority coming from generous donors and grants.
How do you measure success in your program?
Measuring the success of our program, and identifying ways to enhance our impact is very important to us. We utilize surveys as tools for collecting progress by Tutors and Peers.
We are an affiliate of International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF).
Registered Charity: 867961013RR0001