Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about our tutoring program? See below for common inquiries or please call the office at 501-372-7323.
You can also fill out our Volunteer Sign Up Online Form here and our staff will get back to you.
How does the program work and what is the commitment?
Eligible volunteers are asked for a twelve-month commitment of three hours per week. Two sessions per week are preferable, but some tutors and students work one day per week for a longer period of time. Tutors need an estimated 30 minutes to one hour per week for lesson preparation. Meeting times and locations are based upon mutual availability and convenience. Students are always tutored in public places such as libraries, churches, coffee shops, etc.
Can I qualify as a tutor if I have never taught school?
Most of our volunteer tutors have never taught school. As long as you read, write and speak English fluently, you can make a difference in the life of someone struggling with literacy. The program provides all the training and tools that you need to begin teaching, and our dedicated trainers and staff are available for extra support.
What kind of training is available?
Literacy Action provides one all-day training session for literacy tutors and another for those who will work with non-native speakers. Tutors are always encouraged to take both courses, if possible.
Do I need to know a second language to teach English to a non-native speaker?
You do not need to speak a second language. In fact, our training program assumes that you do not speak a foreign language. Our intensive training session will equip you to begin teaching a non-native adult to speak and read English.
What happens if I need to miss a meeting with my student?
Over the course of a year or two, you and your student will have valid reasons for missing some tutoring sessions. Rescheduling is arranged between the tutor and the student to suit both parties.
What happens if I do not feel the match is working out?
You should talk to the Literacy Action coordinator who will discuss your concerns and either resolve them or assign you to another student.
What does it cost to be a literacy tutor?
There is no fee for participating in the program.
What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer tutor?
As a tutor, you are personally addressing the huge issues of illiteracy. Watching your student master new skills is extremely gratifying. In addition, many tutors enjoy building new relationships and learning about other cultures. Tutoring is a rewarding activity at any age.
What are the commitments necessary to become a Literacy Action Tutor?
Before beginning as a Literacy Action tutor, individuals are required to review and sign a Volunteer Tutor Agreement. This agreement covers the primary tutor responsibilities and commitments. Prospective tutors should review the agreement before registering for a tutor-training workshop. Please contact the Literacy Action office if you have questions or need additional information.
If I am unable to tutor at this time, what else can I do to help the program?
There are many other ways to get involved – become a donor, volunteer for an event or help out in our office. Visit the Other Opportunities section to explore other volunteer possibilities.
How do I get started?
If you are interested in being a tutor and would like more information, or are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in the Central Arkansas area, please call the office at 501-372-7323 or fill out our Volunteer Sign Up Online Form here and our staff will get back to you.