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 Signup 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 at lease a six-month commitment of two to 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 per week for lesson preparation. Meeting times and locations are based on 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 a one-day training session for tutors.
Do I need to know a second language to teach English to a nonnative 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 training workshop will equip you to begin teaching a nonnative adult to speak and read English.
What happens if I need to miss a meeting with my student?
You and your student will have valid reasons for occasionally 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 to discuss your concerns so that any issue can be resolved or you can be assigned to a different 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 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 if you 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 Signup Online Form here and our staff will get back to you.