Tutoring FAQs


“Sometimes I can’t believe all of the tutors do this for free. Then I think, you can’t pay for something like this…. What they give is priceless!” ~ student


What qualifications do I need to be a tutor?

  • Be dependable, patient, friendly, optimistic, and open to learning.
  • Be sensitive to individuals with different beliefs, backgrounds and cultures, including awareness of the stigma some students feel for being adult learners
  • Be respectful of confidentiality, interested in others, and able to communicate with compassion. A sense of humor and enthusiasm are very helpful.
  • Be over 18 with a high school diploma or GED.

Do I need prior teaching experience?

No. Literacy Connects provides 12 hours of foundations training and ongoing support.

What is a tutor’s time commitment?

  • Adult Basic Literacy tutors are encouraged to meet with their adult learner(s) twice weekly for 1 to 1 ½ hours, but flexibility is key. Other possible commitments might include working in the tutoring center (once weekly for about 3 hours) or co-teaching a class in reading, writing or math. These classes meet twice weekly for 1 ½ or 2 hours. We ask that tutors commit to at least 6 months to a year of tutoring.
  • English Language Acquisition for Adults tutors teach scheduled twice-weekly classes that last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We ask that tutors commit to a minimum of three sessions (9 months total.) Sessions run on a quarter schedule (fall, winter, spring, summer.)

Preparation time of about one hour for every two hours of instruction is usually adequate. It turns out to be about a 5 to 7 hour per week commitment.

Does it cost to become a tutor?

Yes, we request a $65 fee for tutor training. This covers a small portion of what it costs us to train you. Training scholarships are available upon request.  At no additional cost, our library has resources for you to use in teaching. You may use the copiers in the office for materials you need to work with your adult learners.

What are tutors’ duties?

  • Meet regularly and punctually.
  • Prepare each lesson to meet learner’s goals and needs and coordinate planning if team-tutoring.
  • Learn about your student(s) and build relationships with them based on mutual respect.
  • Assess and report progress after specified intervals and at the end of the teaching year.

What resources are available?

  • Comprehensive and supportive training.
  • Thoughtful matching in an assignment.
  • Extensive library of leveled reading materials and tutor resources.
  • Copiers for reproducing class materials.
  • Ongoing learning sessions for continued growth