Once you learn to read, you will forever be free. Frederick Douglass

Student Information

How can having a tutor and improving my skills help me?

Improved literacy helps people:

  • Secure employment and advancements.
  • Get a driver’s license.
  • Fill out applications and other forms.
  • Learn to speak, read and write better English.
  • Become a more knowledgeable person.
  • Advocate for their own needs and rights

What is the success rate of the Literacy Council in helping a student become more literate?

The program, staff and tutors of the Literacy Council have 100% success in improving the literacy of every student who is committed to working with the program used by the Council.

How does one apply for tutoring?

Prospective students can apply directly to the Literacy Council, or be referred by a friend, family member, employer or an organization.  To contact the Council call 410-857-0766, email at lcouncilcc@gmail.com, or stop by the office between the hours of 9:30 to 12:30 Monday-Friday.  An appointment will be set up for an assessment.

What is the assessment?

Students will be asked to complete an information form that provides contact and background information, as well as any restrictions on availability or special needs. An interest survey will also be completed, which identifies the strengths and weaknesses that a student may have.  A formal assessment in areas of language recognition, reading, writing, vocabulary and comprehension will be given to determine the beginning level of tutoring.  There are three basic levels of phonics and four basic levels reading, as well as more advanced levels.  Where the student is scored will determine the recommended beginning point of lessons. The assessment takes about one hour. 

What happens next?

A student will be matched with an available tutor. The time may vary depending on the pool of available tutors. The tutor will contact the student to set up an initial meeting.  This can be at the Council’s office or a mutually agreed upon public location.  The first meeting is for introductions and to work out the logistics of the tutoring sessions: time, place, day of the week, etc.  The student will be given manuals and workbooks to review in anticipation of the first lesson meeting.  The material is free to the student. 

The tutor will be allowed to review the information form, interest and assessment documents prior to the first meeting.  All this material is confidential.

What are the responsibilities of a student?

  • Commit to attending regularly scheduled tutoring sessions of one to two hours each week.
  • Be prepared for each lesson.  Review the lesson prior to meeting, and complete any homework assigned.
  • Be punctual and contact the tutor in advance if a session needs to be rescheduled or canceled. 
  • Be respectful to the tutor, who has volunteered to help at no compensation for time and effort.