Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


School of Teacher Education

Document Type



Tutor in a Bag is a tutoring program designed to match novice adult tutors with struggling early readers. The program trains tutors with varied backgrounds to work with struggling readers using evidence-based instructional strategies and data collection methods. Tutors attended an initial training session to receive materials, practice each component of the lesson plan, and to receive fundamental training on use of reading games and strategies supporting solid reading instruction at a brisk pace. Each designated struggling reader was paired with a tutor for 10 weekly, thirty-minute sessions driven by each student’s individual needs. Support for the tutors was provided at each session. Data collection included pre and posttests, tutor feedback, and student interviews.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Nancy Hulan


Curriculum and Instruction | Elementary Education and Teaching | Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education | Reading and Language