Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.
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.
If you are at a school with an L2L program, speak with your School Coordinator about how to get involved. L2L tutors should be academically strong, but do not need to be at the top of their class. 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 your school does not offer L2L, but you think it should, contact us at email@example.com
Tutors are usually a couple grades ahead of their peers, but there are also in some cases in which L2L programs are set up with tutors and peers in the same grade.
Tutors in the L2L program are not paid. They do however receive a certificate after the completion of their training and 10 hours of peer-tutoring sessions.
Some secondary schools who offer the course “Leadership and Peer Support” (GPP30) as a grade 11 open course embed L2L in this credit. It is the School Coordinator’s responsibility to decide whether it is feasible to offer L2L programming in this way.
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.
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 a students to whom tutoring is offered. These decisions are made by the School Coordinator, in collaboration with their designated L2L Trainer.
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.
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.
All L2L Trainers must have an Ontario College of Teachers Certificate, or its equivalent, and must receive a clear vulnerable sector clearance. 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 teaching in a classroom, leadership development training, positions in school leadership, knowledge of multiple intelligences, learning styles and mindsets. Currently, L2L Trainers are veteran teachers and administrators who have retired from their formal posts, but are passionate about making a difference and want to give back to their school communities. If you are interested in becoming an L2L Trainer, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
L2L School Coordinators are often administrators or guidance counselors. This role is open to anyone on staff at a school who is interested in helping students who are at-risk academically to improve and to reach their potential. 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. If you are interested in becoming an L2L Trainer, contact us at email@example.com
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 work 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
If you are a teacher or an administrator in a school and would like to find out more about the program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 from foundations.
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 data about Tutors and Peers.
We are an affiliate of International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF).
Registered Charity: 867961013RR0001