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Tutors at the Literacy Council may vary in age, race, and religion, but there is one thing they all share in common — they find happiness in helping others.

Tutor Information

Interested in Becoming a Tutor?

There are many good reasons to become a tutor with the Literacy Council of Carroll County. Perhaps it’s a lifelong ambition to be a teacher that may or may not have been realized. Maybe the time is right to give something back to the community now that you have the time. You know how important it is to be able to read and write; you’ve seen it with someone you know. How their life has been shaped by the lack of literacy. Maybe you want something worthwhile to fill your retirement years. Whatever the reason, there is no better time to become a tutor than right now. The Literacy Council is always in need of new tutors.

Qualifications:

The most important qualification to become a tutor is the desire to help someone learn to read and write. If your talent is elsewhere, like math or ESOL experience; computer skills or life skills, you can make a difference in a person’s life that will transform them. Teaching experience is not a prerequisite to becoming a tutor. The Literacy Council will provide you with the training and materials that you need to be a successful tutor. Because we work almost exclusively with adults, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school or equivalent diploma. That’s it! Complete and submit an application. (click here). The Literacy Council will be in touch quickly.

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Training:

The Literacy Council conducts tutor training at least twice a year - In the fall and spring. If needed additional sessions will be conducted. The basic training takes one day. You will be introduced to the material used and trained in how to use the material, as well as the basic techniques in teaching adults literacy. All material is provided free, including Teaching Adults to Read, a how to book that includes tips, examples and exercises easily adapted to the manuals that students are using. Additional training is provided in areas other than reading and writing the English language. Seminars on Math, Spelling, pre-GED, citizenship preparation, computer skills and life skills are also available for those interested in these particular fields.

Getting a student:

The Literacy Council maintains a list of students actively seeking a tutor. Students are assessed as to their skill levels in reading and writing, as well as other areas, if requested. The assessment is a guide as to what level is appropriate to begin lessons. New and experienced tutors will be contacted and provided with student snapshots to see if there is an interest in working with a particular person. Every attempt is made to match a tutor with a student who is compatible in terms of gender, age, location, and times of availability. It is important that obstacles are avoided that would affect the comfort of a student or a tutor. Once a match is made a first meeting will be scheduled where the student, tutor and representative of the Literacy Council can get acquainted, exchange contact information, and work out a schedule. Instructional material will be provided to the student and the tutor. Generally, material consists of student manuals and workbooks and a complimentary teacher manual.

Commitment:

A tutor is asked to commit to working with a student for at least one year, meeting weekly for at least one hour. Actual tutoring time is whatever the student and tutor mutually agree to. It is recognized that circumstances arise that make meeting 52 times a year not possible. Tutors generally work with a student more than one year. Depending on what level a student is starting at the time to become a proficient reader could take up to three or more years. For example, a student starting at the basic reader series will need to progress through four levels to achieve a middle school reading ability. This should take about one year. To obtain a high school reading level requires working with other reader series. There are four reader series, if a person is interested in completing all the material. It would take a minimum of three years to get through all the series.

Responsibilities:

Tutors are responsible for the following actions::

  • Commit to tutoring for one to two hours per week for one year.
  • Be respectful and considerate of a student’s needs.
  • Arrange for a meeting place, day and time that is mutually acceptable.
  • Be punctual and contact the student in advance if a session needs to be rescheduled or canceled. 
  • Report tutor hours monthly to the Literacy Council. (click here).
    Print the form and fill out. Then either mail to the Literacy Council or scan and attach to an email addressed to lcouncilcc@gmail.com
  • Keep all information about the student confidential.
  • Enjoy the experience!

 

To discuss more about becoming a tutor contact the Literacy Council at 410-857-0766.