They are community members just like you - professional men and women, college students, homemakers, retired citizens, people who wish to help others in the community.
Do I need to be a teacher or have teaching experience?
No, you don't need a background in teaching. The SLC provides a comprehensive tutor training to give you the understanding and tools needed for successful tutoring.
Will I be required to attend any training?
Yes. Free tutor trainings are held throughout the year. They will provide you with the necessary insights and techniques needed to become a successful tutor. Supplemental trainings are held on a monthly basis.
What are the requirements to be a volunteer tutor?
We are looking for volunteers who have a good command of the English language, are patient, flexible, and can take the initiative. Tutors need to be comfortable working with a diverse population of students - the Student Learning Center serves adult students of all ages, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Additionally, volunteers must be willing to undergo a criminal history background check.
What is the commitment?
Complete a free 7-hour tutor training
Meet 2-3 hours a week with your student
Commit to at least ten weeks (one quarter) of tutoring
Complete monthly timesheets
How do I get started?
Call the Student Learning Center to request an application or fill out our
Once we receive your application, we will call you for an interview and check your references. This is an excellent time to ask additional questions.
Register for tutor training.
Once you complete the tutor training, you may be matched with an individual, a group of students, or a classroom assignment (depending on your preference and availability).
What opportunities are available?
Classroom aide to an ABE or ESL instructor
One-on-one tutoring with an ABE or ESL student
Homework help, math help or ESL conversation and pronunciation group facilitator
What are my rights as a volunteer tutor?
As a volunteer tutor you have the right to:
Receive orientation and training that is thoughtfully planned and effectively presented
Be given an assignment which effectively utilizes your background, skills and training
Sound guidance and direction from someone who is experienced, well informed and thoughtful
Make suggestions, discuss problems and express honest opinions
Be provided with appropriate materials and space to carry out your assignment
Be treated as co-workers with respect to your needs for space and time
Participate in meaningful and satisfying work
Recognition through day-to-day expressions of appreciation and through periodic events that celebrate your contribution
I have more questions. Who can I talk to?
Call the Student Learning Center at (360) 992-2750.