We need volunteers to assist English-speaking adults who want to improve their
reading, writing, math or basic technology skills.
FAQ for Tutors
What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?
Volunteer tutors must speak English, be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Also, tutors must have the ability to work with a diverse population and the desire to help another person.
Do I need previous tutoring experience to become a tutor?
No. Literacy staff will provide training and ongoing support to assist you in your tutoring experience. We provide assessment in learner skill levels before matching individuals with tutors. Resources and materials will be available to you as well as refresher training and tutoring tips and techniques.
Who are the learners?
Learners are English speaking adults, 16 years or older, who may either be native born speakers or have English as a second language. Many are employed, have families, and all are committed to improving their lives.
What kind of commitment do I have to make?
We ask for a commitment of at least one year. Tutoring sessions are 1 1/2 hours, 2 times a week for a total of 3 hours per week. Tutors and learners arrange the days and times for their sessions.
Where will I tutor?
Tutoring space is provided at the library and the Literacy Annex. Computer literacy is provided at the Mathes Center Computer Lab, and Literacy Annex. In some instances, appointments to reserve a tutoring space may be necessary.
How long do students remain in the program?
Program services are focused around learner's objectives. There is no time limit to how long a student is enrolled in the program. Tutors and learners are periodically interviewed to assess progress and review learners' goals and objectives. Students may be referred to other programs once they have achieved proficiency in their basic skills.
Are you interested in becoming a tutor?