We always need more keen tutors but we also know how busy Uni life can get. That's why we offer several exciting programs designed to fit around your studies!
Volunteers are not expected to give any more than 2 or 3 hours per week, and with several programs running at different times during the week (and weekend), chances are that we can find something that works for you. Please see below for details of each program! We expect a commitment of atleast one semester.
- This program is aimed at providing a disadvantaged high-school student with a University student tutor and mentor. Tutors are matched to a student of the same gender, based on their subject range, suitability and location. If a student needs help with, for example English and Biology, then we do our best to find them a tutor who is able to help in these areas.
- Preference is usually shown towards VCE level students. We get student referrals from a range of sources such as schools, parents and refugee or young advocacy organisations. A Student Referral Form is available at http://www.embrace-education.org/contactus/studentreferrals
- Tutors and students then meet regularly at a local public library in an on-going relationship. Volunteers have the chance to develop a relationship with their student and follow their student's growth and progress over time.
- It is up to tutors and students to arrange regular tutoring sessions at a library. Tutors can meet with their student anytime during the library's operating hours and are expected to provide regular feeback to Embrace. Please see the Reflections page for examples of students this program has impacted.
- We currently have vacancies for this program in several areas including the areas surrounding Clayton, Springvale, Westall, Dandenong, Noble Park, Frankston and Narre Warren. There is generally greater need further south, however a number of positions are also available in other areas such as Melbourne City, Collingwood, Carlton and further north. If not listed here please contact us to find out if we currently have vacancies in your area before applying.
- The Homework Clubs involve a carpool of tutors leaving Monash University in Clayton and travelling to a local disadvantaged high school. Students are then able to stay behind after class to receive free tutoring.
- The carpool leaves Monash at about 3:15pm, depending on the school. We set up in a designated classroom or the school library, and await students to arrive when school finishes at 3:30pm. The Club then runs until about 4:30pm. Each Homework Club runs once a week, the commitment is hence a bit over an hour per week.
- Volunteers assist with literacy, numeracy and whatever else the students need help with on a given night. Students come from a range of year levels from Yr 7 right through to Yr 12.
- We are currently running Homework Clubs at 5 school campuses local to Monash Uni Clayton; there is a club running each day from Monday to Thursday. There are vacancies for the sessions running on....
- Here tutors assist in a particular classroom at one of our schools during school hours. This program is primarily aimed at young high school students in Yr 7, 8 or 9.
- We can usually find a place for a volunteer if you have a few hours free during the day. Tutors can express a preference for a SOSE, English or Maths class.
- Where possible we try to pair volunteers up when matching them for In- School Tutoring. This way two tutors can carpool together. Having someone else there can also make the first few sessions less daunting.
- Great for education students looking for classroom experience!
- Starting in 2011 we will be collaborating with the Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences to increase the aspirations of disadvantaged students to enter University, and in particular to study in the area of Health.
- The program will include an extension of the great work of Dr Andrew Block to expose more students to hands on experience in hospitals, however will also (together with Embrace) aim to provide free tutoring to disadvantaged students who may have an interest in reaching University and/or studying a health related degree at Monash.
We are currently in need of many new tutors to help get Hands on Health off the ground!
- To participate you must be a student at the Monash Uni Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, and you must also be able to tutor Yr 10, 11 or 12 subjects in Science, Maths or English, e.g. Biology, Chem, Physics, Psych, Health, General Maths, Methods or Specialist etc.
- One of the key differences between this program and other Embrace programs is that participating students will have been identified as showing promise and having an interest in pursuing a future career in health, however are in need of an extra helping hand to make such dreams a reality.
- We are targeting the most disadvantaged schools in the Dandenong region. Why Dandenong? Overall only 29% of 19-20 year-olds attend tertiary education (41% across Melbourne). 2nd highest level of disengagement between 20-24 years old in terms of study and/or paid work. Over 40% of Dandenong students from certain backgrounds (e.g. Sudan, Afghanistan) leave school before commencing year 11! As Uni students we are ideally placed to help turn this around!
- How do I get involved? There are essentially two ways. Every Thursday there will be a group session running from 3:30pm-6:30pm in central Dandenong. A carpool will be available from Monash Clayton. We will be starting August 4th and gradually increasing student numbers, hopefully towards 70 by the end of the year. Secondly if Thursday arvo is no good then you can be matched up with a Hands on Health student for tutoring at a local public library, in a similar manner to our Individual Tutoring program.
- For more information, please contact Brendan at brendan.payne[at]embrace-education.org