Monday, June 29, 2009

Tutoring / Mentoring

I’m noticing the subjects of tutoring and/or mentoring coming up more frequently in recent weeks. This might be a little like buying a blue car and you start seeing blue cars everywhere. In other words, I might notice this because my books are being used increasingly in these settings.

I know of organizations that are beginning to look at the potential for helping struggling readers with tutoring clubs or mentoring. I’m in contact with a national ministry that reaches over a million kids each year. They’re exploring the possibilities of using my books to tutor kids because they’ve noticed a need.

Prison ministries are also taking a look at my books since most prisoners have reading issues.

My publisher has extensive workbooks available (as shown above) for each of my 7 books, along with reading activity packs. There is great interest in these tools since my action-adventure & mystery books for boys already demonstrate that they keep readers interested with their fast pace, humor, and cliffhanger chapter endings.

What’s your experience with using books for mentoring or tutoring? I’d be very interested to know what you’re doing or what you've observed.

Max Elliot Anderson


created2bless said...

Good Morning Max,

Just wanted to let you know I had the fabulous opportunity this past school year to work with 20+ middle schoolers. I lead an after school program that consisted of students failing in atleast one out of four core areas. By the end of the school year most had brought their D's to A's and B's and several who were failing in 3 out of 4 core subjects had raised all their grades to atleast a C. I had not used any books other than their own textbooks but have requested the pamphlet from your publisher regarding the textbooks that accompany your adventure series. My grandson, 12 years of age, has read one of your books thus far and he couldn't put the book down once he began reading it.

I just graduated with my Criminal Justice Juvenile Corrections certification and I am excited about trying to incorporate your books and your publisher's textbooks into the CJ system wherever I get employment. I KNOW that illiteracy is a common place issue in the prison system. It is of utmost importance to rehabilitate offenders in the area of reading in order to provide them with a stable framework for all life's future encounters which concurrently reduces recidivism in the community.

Blessings to you and your publisher for these wonderful books and accompanying texts. Seeing the need for producing literate inmates is equally a burden on my heart. I am praying for you and for favor on every book you write, publish and sell.

elysabeth said...

Is this like a teacher's guide type thing? I've developed teacher's guides to go with each of my books (as the book is finished, I do the teacher's guide to it is available when the book is available). I'd be interested in learning more about what your publisher is offering and how to use the items to supplement your books, et cetera.

See you in the postings - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state, mystery, trivia series

STATE OF WILDERNESS, Book 1 of 50 now available.
STATE OF QUARRIES, book 2 of 50 now available
STATE OF RESERVATIONS, book 3 of 50 coming 2009

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Rick said...

As an in home tutor I've always had to rely on nice teachers to give me their old text books

Tutoring and Positive Reinforcement Techniques and Methodology for all Parents and Teachers Printable Ebook by Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc.

Katie Hines said...

I have a friend who has a teacher's guide for every book she has written. Of course, her books are really geared towards teachers and their kids. She encourages me to write a teacher's guide, but I haven't felt the need up to this point.

max said...

Very helpful comment
created2bless about your grandson and your plans for tutoring and mentoring in prisons.

Thank you.

max said...


I've tried to show a few samples of the pages which include comprehension, word search, crossword puzzles, study questions, and vocab for each chapter.

max said...


as long as you have materials that work.

max said...


It helps to open us schools as potential buyers of your books.