Consistency is key. Now and again is not helpful. Choose a time slot and commit once a week, once a month, or whatever you can do. The following times are the best tutoring times:
6:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturdays
(about three times per month, whenever we have Saturday school)
Commitment is essential. Adults hoping to engage in a mentoring relationship should plan on remaining committed for at least three years. After three years, even if the mentor moves out of town or is simply unable to continue actively mentoring, a life-long friendship will probably have been established.
Typically, mentors start as tutors and naturally form a relationship with a particular student. At some point the tutor meets the child’s parents and a deeper relationship is formed. The tutor offers to bring the student to church or youth group or takes the student out with some of his or her friends to McDonald’s or to see a movie. A mentoring relationship has been established.