Established in 2020 in response to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virtual Tutoring Program matches Wake Foreset undergraduate and graduate students as tutors for K-12 students living in Forsyth County.
Virtual tutors meet with students weekly for a one-hour session, via a technology platform that works for both the tutor and student. Tutors are matched with WSFCS students based on a variety of criteria, including tutor expertise, student needs, scheduling availability, and the grade-level preference designated by the tutor.
Even as schools have moved back to in-person learning, the program has continued to receive positive feedback from families and high interest from WFU students for its convenience, low-time commitment, convenience, relationship building, and the opportunity to see improvement over the course of a semester.
Request A Tutor
I am the parent of a child interested in requesting a virtual tutor.
Become A Tutor
I am a WFU student interested in becoming a virtual tutor.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a parent looking for tutoring services
I am a WFU student looking to tutor
Who is eligible for the virtual tutoring program?
All K-12 students that live or attend schools within Forsyth County are eligible for tutoring.
Who will be tutoring my child?
WFU undergraduate or graduate students who have:
- Been trained to work with minors
- Completed and passed a mandatory background check
- Have matched with your child based on grade-level preference, subject knowledge, and scheduling availability.
How long will it take to match my child with a tutor?
Children signed up prior to the beginning of each semester are typically matched within the first two to four weeks of classes at WFU, pending tutor availability.
In the event that there is a waiting period of more than four weeks, or if there are not any tutors that match your expressed criteria, a staff member will communicate directly with parents/families. If you are on the wait-list, you will be contacted if tutors become available during the semester.
What technology is needed for tutoring sessions?
Families will need a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer with a webcam and an internet connection.
Tutors and families will establish which video conferencing app works best for them. Most tutors use Zoom, available to download for free here.
What are the expectations for parents/guardians?
Parents/families* are expected to:
- Communicate regularly with their child’s tutor.
- Provide material (classwork, homework, etc.) for the tutor to use
- Be present in the household for the duration of each tutoring session.
*Parents/families new to the program are also expected to attend a brief virtual training with program staff.
How can I provide feedback on my experience?
Program staff will check in with every family at least once per semester, and a survey will be distributed at the end of the semester.
For immediate concerns, please contact the Virtual Tutoring coordinator.
Where can I find additional resources for my child
The Office of Civic & Community Engagement has put together a list of resources for families and tutors with various educational resources.
Resources are separated by grade level and subject.
Please reference the Parent Handbook for guidelines and instructions for parents of tutees participating in the Virtual Tutoring program.
What is the process, including required training, to become a Virtual Tutor?
- Sign Up
- Attend a training session, which includes the Protection for Minors training.
- Complete and pass a background check.
- Receive a “match” based on your expressed preferences.
Will the content for tutoring sessions be provided or do I need to create my own lessons?
Tutors are expected to create their own lessons, however, parents are expected to provide relevant content (classwork, homework, etc.) for you to base your sessions on.
There are a variety of resources, including activities and games, that you can use during your sessions.
How can I address questions/concerns with program staff?
Please communicate directly with the Virtual Tutoring coordinator.
Are you looking for interesting ways to engage your student(s)? Please look through the following resources:
Virtual Tutoring Handbook