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 nonnative 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 equivalent.
  • Agree to tutor an adult learner two to three hours per week, at times agreed upon with the adult student.
  • Prepare and plan for each tutoring session in keeping with the learner’s objectives. Most tutors allocate around 30 minutes per week to prepare for tutoring sessions.
  • Agree to tutor a student for at least six months. Consistency is important when tutoring new readers or learners of English; Literacy Action’s tutoring opportunities are mid- to long-term volunteer commitments.
  • Be 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 your own transportation to the tutoring site.
  • Successfully complete the five-hour Tutor Training Workshop. Tutor trainings are offered once a month throughout the year, usually on third 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.