Each year over 4,000 students participate in L2L across Canada. Half of these students receive certification as L2L Tutors. They complete the Tutor Training Program, and dedicate a minimum of 10 hours to supporting their peers by facilitating peer-tutoring.
The other half participate as L2L Peers. These students receive academic support from L2L Tutors. They meet with their L2L Tutor and learn how they can adapt their learning strategies to overcome the challenges they face.
See what our L2L tutors & peers have to say
My tutor made up her own fun math and multiplication games, she is the best! I learned a lot of multiplication, and find math fun now!
L2L PEER, GRADE 5
The L2L Program helped me to play a role in the community and help others, while developing my communication skills.
L2L PEER, GRADE 10
Being an L2L Tutor helped me broaden my perspective. While helping my tutor I learned so much that made me become a better student.
L2L TUTOR, GRADE 12
Benefits to Tutors
Benefits to Peers
Students will receive a certificate upon the completion of L2L Tutor Training and a minimum of 10 hours of tutoring
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– Lara Ocalan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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