Become a Tutor
Who are volunteer tutors?
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.