Become a Tutor

Volunteer Tutoring Program

Volunteer tutors serve hundreds of students each year. This program matches one adult tutor with one adult student. Volunteers may choose to work either with an adult who needs literacy instruction or with non-native adults who want to learn to read and speak English. The different needs and objectives of individual students are carefully matched with the strengths and experience of particular tutors.

Tutor Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak, write and understand English well enough to communicate clearly. Must have a minimum education of a high school diploma or equivelent.
  • Agree to tutor an adult learner twice per week, 60-90 minutes per lesson, at times agreed upon with the adult student. Some tutors and students may agree to meet once per week for longer sessions.
  • Prepare and plan for each tutoring session in keeping with the learner’s objectives. Most tutors allocate 30-60 minutes per week to prepare for tutoring sessions.
  • Agree to tutor a student for at least 6 months. Consistency is important when tutoring new readers or learners of English; Literacy Action’s tutoring opportunities are mid- to long-term volunteer commitments.
  • Able to meet with a student at an approved tutoring site. Literacy Action will help you find an appropriate public tutoring site.
  • Agree to supply own transportation to the tutoring site.
  • Successfully complete the 6-hour Tutor Training Workshop. Tutor training is offered once a month throughout the year, usually on 3rd Saturday.
  • Agree to accurately complete student progress reports weekly.

Interested in becoming a tutor?

Click here to fill out our Tutor Profile Form and then click here to sign up for a Tutor Training Workshop.