There’s something special about tutoring one-on-one. What I like best about it is that you can personalize the learning experience. I saw early on that Chris has a real thirst for knowledge and loves talking about science, history and philosophy. I’ve tried to pick up on that by creating a series of readers for him in PowerPoint on subjects that interest him. These have covered everything from Charles Darwin to the Roman Empire. Finding material that he enjoys reading is inspiring him to read for pleasure. Nothing makes me happier than when he comes to a session brandishing a new book that he’s just discovered.
Spring Garden Road Library volunteer Janice Hudson shares her ideas (and home-made resources) with other tutors at the Keshen Goodman Library Learning Circle
I’m amazed by Chris’s progress and would like to think that I can be a small part of the success that will come to him as he develops his reading and writing skills.
For many people, low literacy skills mean limitation and isolation, so it’s very thrilling to see the world opening up for Chris and for all of the other learners involved in the Halifax Community Learning Network.
By Dianne Manuel
Captain William Spry Library Adult Learning Program
My son is in grade 4 and it’s really hard for me to help him with his homework. I also find talking with his teacher is a problem because I don’t have a high vocabulary and I look young. So, I said to myself that I need some help. I heard about adult education classes at the Captain William Spry Center near my home so one day when I was walking by I decided to go in and register. Now I am here learning.