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ReachOut Tim

Share your love of learning

As a Tim Tutor, you will engage and challenge a Cambridge elementary or middle school child with reading and math activities. The goal is to improve their skills while fostering a love of reading and mathematics.

What is ReachOut Tim Tutors?

The ReachOut Tim Tutors program recruits, trains, and matches MIT students, faculty, staff, spouses, and partners with children at local community centers. ReachOut Tim Tutors is sponsored by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center in collaboration with local community partners.

Who can participate

We welcome student volunteers, and if you meet the requirements for federal work-study, you can earn a paycheck while providing this valuable community service. 

We also welcome MIT staff, faculty, and spouses and partners!

How it works

You will be working with elementary school children who are formally enrolled in after-school programs at the Cambridge Community Center, the East End House, and The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House.

The sessions are weekly and take place Monday through Thursday: 

  • Cambridge Community Center: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • East End House: 3 pm to 4 pm
  • Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House: individually arranged with each tutor between 2 pm and 6 pm.

What is the time commitment?

As a tutor, you will be working for one semester of consistent tutoring. Participants are required to tutor at least twice a week for an hour each session. Including transportation, your time commitment is about two to four hours each week.

If you are a new tutor, you will also need to attend:

  • An orientation session with the MIT program administrator before you begin tutoring
  • An on-site orientation at the assigned after school site, during your first day of tutoring
  • A two-hour tutoring training session at MIT

How do I apply?

The application for ReachOut Tim Tutors Spring 2017 opens January 23 and closes February 14, 2017 at 5 pm. In the meantime, if you are interested in receiving additional information, please contact us!

Apply here to become a Tim Tutor

Talk to us about ReachOut Tim Tutors

Office: Building W20-549
Phone: (617) 253-8065

Dates and deadlines

Feb 10, 6 pm, W20-555: Information session rescheduled

Tuesday, Feb 14, 5 pm: Application deadline

Thursday, Feb 16, 7 pm: New tutor orientation with program administrator

Monday, Feb 27: Tutoring begins; On-site orientation for new tutors

Mid-March (date TBD): New tutor training session (returning tutors are also welcome)

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Mid-semester tutor dinner

Thursday, May 18: Tutoring ends; End-of-session evaluation


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