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How to Become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

What do I have to do to become a tutor?

  • You must have completed high school, be at least 18 years of age and have adequate language skills to assist the learner in developing basic literacy and communication skills.
  • You must complete 12 to 15 hours of pre-service training provide by the literacy program.

What is the Commitment?

  • Complete pre-service training, workshops or one-on-one.
  • Meet 2-4 hours a week with you learner.
  • Commit to at least 6 months of tutoring.
  • Complete required paperwork, progress on learners and hours tutored.

Who do I Tutor?

  • Volunteers will be matched with a learner from your area by SCC Literacy staff.
  • Volunteers can choose to work one-one-one or with a small group.
  • Adult Basic Education students (ABE) or Low-skills level learners.

Where do I Tutor?

  • Tutoring can take place at a SCC campus site, public library, in community centers or in churches.
  • We encourage tutors and learners to find a place that is convenient for both parties.
  • It is recommended that tutoring be arranged in public places.
  • SCC does not assume liability for tutors and learners when meeting in a private home.

What can I Expect from Tutoring?

  • Helping a person improve his/her reading, writing, math or English skills.
  • An enriching relationship with the volunteer tutor and learner that develops self-esteem and enables the learner to become a lifelong learner.

What can I Expect from the Learner?

  • To give their attention to the lessons during class time.
  • Attend sessions regularly, as agreed upon.
  • Complete assignments.
  • Let the tutor know if they expect to be late or absent.


For More Information Contact:
James Darden - Dean of Adult Education and Alternative Instruction
at 1-800-481-2242 ext. 3325 or e-mail jamesda@shawneecc.edu


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