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The eTutoring program pairs K-12 students with eTutors who deliver individualized sessions that focus on literacy skills as well as ACT prep skills. NIU teacher candidates serve as eTutors and are trained to deliver quality tutoring services using innovative technology solutions. All eTutors have had background checks before their clinical experiences, and are supervised by NIU field experts.

Participating Schools

Tilton Elementary in Rochelle was the pilot site for the eTutoring program in the spring of 2013. The eTutors and eTutees thoroughly enjoyed working together and collaborating on story writing, comic creation, code deciphering, puzzle solving, poetry, and much more. These activities addressed literacy skills that teachers identified for the eTutees. A special thanks to Rochelle educators Mr. Doyle and Mrs. Klindera, the eTutees, and eTutors for making the program a success. The program is scheduled to be piloted again soon.

ACT Prep eTutoring is being piloted at Auburn High School in Rockford and Sycamore High School.

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Stand Out and Become an eTutor!

eTutoring is a valuable teaching tool that can help students and save school districts money. Gain this marketable skill by volunteering as an eTutor with SmartSpace@NIU. You will be trained to provide eTutoring sessions with an emphasis on enhancing literacy skills.

  • Learn to deliver individualized quality tutoring services using innovative technology.
  • Work closely with experts in your field.
  • Receive feedback throughout the program to enhance your skills.
  • Make a difference in the lives of students.



Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a recent background check on file or be willing to get one
  • Must be interested in education
  • Must be available on eTutoring days and at additional times for training

If you are interested in becoming an eTutor, please contact us at smartspace@niu.edu.