Downloadable resources from our Tutor Training:

Official 826 Boston Tutor Guide
A comprehensive collection of resources on teaching writing, conferencing with students, approaching trauma, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tutor Handbook and Writing Trail Guide
The basics for tutoring in any of our programs.

Analytic Writing Continuum Rubric
A tool used in deciding which feedback to prioritize when conferencing with students about their writing.

826 National Volunteer Tip Sheet
826 National has developed and distributed this list of useful tips for volunteers across all 826 chapters.

Writers’ Room Tutoring Models
Explains four main models for how tutors may be utilized during a Writers’ Room or In-School tutoring shift.

“How Gentrification and Displacement are Remaking Boston”
Zebulon Miletsky and Tomas Gonzalez write about the history of Roxbury and surrounding communities, drawing a line from segregation to present-day practices of gentrification and displacement.

Caution: This page is best viewed on a desktop. We are still working on a mobile-friendly walkthrough.

When reading a piece of student writing, you might have some questions about what feedback you should give. Is it more important to spend time putting quotation marks around every piece of dialogue, or is it more important to make sure the story has a clear beginning, middle, and end? And what if the main character’s name is spelled differently each time it appears?

The Writing Trail Guide is your tool for navigating those kinds of questions. We based it off the Analytic Writing Continuum, which identifies six categories for prioritizing feedback on any piece of prose. For example, having a conversation about the way a story or essay is organized will always be more valuable than addressing conventions like spelling and grammar.

Below, we’ll walk through all six categories—Ideas, Organization, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, and Conventions—and give you some tips for addressing these topics with a young author.

Find the full guide here.

Jump to a section:

Ideas | Organization | Voice

Sentence Fluency | Word Choice | Conventions







Sentence Fluency


Word Choice




Additional resources to help you grow as a tutor:

STEM Writing Tip Sheet
If you are equipped to help students with humanities writing, you’re equipped to help them with STEM writing, too. These tips will show you how.

Math Tip Sheet
Math is creative, experimentative, and can be done by
anyone—writers included! Use these tips to tutor math concepts more confidently and effectively.

Reading Comprehension Tip Sheet
Reading comprehension is an incredibly important and foundational skill for students to build. These tips can help you encourage greater comprehension while tutoring.

Middle School Tip Sheet
When working with middle school students, it’s important to maintain a positive attitude and an open mind! These tips will help you get started.

RGI # 2: Gender and Gender Biases

This was the second in our Race, Gender, and Identity trainings. This training was designed to create a shared language around gender and gender identity to share with other volunteers, staff, and students.


RGI #1: Holding Space – Saturday, November 17, 2018
This supplemental training was the first in our Race, Gender, and Identity (RGI) trainings around holding space for students and mentoring while still keeping space for yourself. Our RGI trainings are meant to encourage conversation among our volunteers around how to best support students in our spaces. This training was facilitated by long-time volunteer, Kaylee Anzick, and University Partner and Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Lauren Lopez. Facilitators guided participants through framework and activities to help support their work as volunteers.


Trauma-Informed Tutoring – Saturday, May 12, 2018
This supplemental training on trauma-informed practices featured three amazing panelists from our 826 Boston community: Writer-in-Residence at UMass Boston Daisy Novoa Vásquez, mental health advocate Karla Mendoza, and child psychologist and trauma expert Dr. Dan Johnson. Panelists spoke about how to best support students who may have experienced trauma and how to create a safe and supportive environment for all young writers, whether you’re meeting a student once or building a rapport over time.