Bruce Murray, College of Education The Reading Genie


Could Your Child Use a Boost in Reading during Fall 2020?

Unfortunately, our regular tutoring program in the Auburn City Schools cannot be completed during fall semester because of the pandemic. Many tutors are looking for children in the Auburn-Opelika area 4-7 years old to receive weekly live special help in reading this fall. In addition, some students will also be available to tutor remotely using Zoom. There will not be any charge for this tutoring.

We prefer live instruction this semester. Tutors may be able to meet with children at a neutral site such as a church, the public library, or on the Auburn campus. Tutors and children will wear masks to limit the possibility of airborne infection and work at an approximate 3 feet social distance. Tutors will provide duplicate sets of materials for modeling and student practice, and most reading will be from laptop computers. Lesson days and times will be those agreed on by tutors and parents.

Parents who can arrange remote tutoring will need a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam, an internet connection, and a document camera with the appropriate operating software. Parents will also need plastic lowercase letter tiles for lesson activities and a printer for reproducing other materials sent by e-mail. 

Tutoring will begin immediately, this week if possible. No document camera will be needed for the initial session, which will mostly involve reading assessment, brief phonics instruction, and reading a decodable book. However, a document camera will be needed in the second week.

The Elementary Education program has brought a group of tutors to the program this fall. That means we will have special opportunities for primary-grade children to get extra help in reading his fall.


Our tutorial program is designed for children struggling with decoding, fluency, or comprehension. It is not an enrichment program for fluent readers or an English program for speakers of other languages. We expect all participants to improve their decoding ability, reading fluency, comprehension, and enjoyment of reading through participation in the Reading Tutoring. Dr. Bruce Murray, professor of Reading Education, supervises instruction.


Our reading program features individually designed lessons with explicit instruction in decoding, fluency, and comprehension as well as plenty of meaningful reading and writing. Tutors monitor progress closely during each session and assess reading during the first and last sessions to measure reading gains. After the program, tutors compose a report for parents about each child’s current progress in reading, with recommendations for each student.


One parent wrote, “I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your reading program. It is probably the best reading program I have ever experienced! I am a former first grade teacher and always looking for different ideas to share with my own children. I love the idea of your program being so individualized. I feel like every child was ‘coached’ on his/her ability level and not just grade level.”


This fall the tutoring program will feature 10 30-minute tutorial sessions. Priority will be given to children experiencing reading difficulties now in kindergarten through second grade and who have had difficulties in learning to read accurately and fluently, who can meet weekly during the entire 10-session program. Interested parents or caretakers may follow the link below for an application form, or call (334) 844-6934, or write to Dr. Bruce Murray, Summer Reading Program, 5040 Haley Center, Auburn University AL 36849. 


Click here for an electronic application link.

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Click here to read a letter from Addison, a student in our 2005 Summer Reading Program.

Dr. Bruce Murray
5040 Haley Center
Auburn AL 36849

Office: 334/844-6934
Cell: 334/524-2476

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Last modified: September 14, 2020