Become a Tutor

Volunteer Tutoring Program

Our volunteer tutoring 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.
  • Speak, write, and understand English well enough to communicate clearly, and have a minimum education of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Agree to tutor an adult learner twice per week, 60-90 minutes per lesson, at times agreed upon with the learner. 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 spend 30-60 minutes per week preparing for tutoring sessions.
  • Agree to tutor a student for at least 6 months. A volunteer who drops out can be a tremendous disappointment to the new reader or learner of English.
  • Be able to meet with a student at an approved tutoring site, and provide your own transportation to the site. Literacy Action will help you find an appropriate public tutoring site.
  • Successfully complete a 6 hour tutor training workshop. Tutor training is offered once a month throughout the year, usually on the third Saturday of the month.
  • 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.