07/10/2018FAQ Tutoring at the Literacy Coalition
Q. How long of a commitment are you asking me to make to tutor?
A. We used to ask for a year but in 2018 we have implemented a 13-week semester schedule that breaks our instruction into 12 weeks of instruction and then one week of post testing students and additional support for the tutors. This allows both new tutors and students to “try out” our programs and determine if it is what they want to continue.
Q. What age group would I be tutoring?
A. The literacy Coalition accepts students age 16 or over. If you have a preference of an age group, we will certainly try to match you up accordingly.
Q. How often do we meet and for how long?
A. We allow the student and tutor to set their own schedule so they can determine how often they meet and how long each session lasts. Most pairs meet once a week for an hour. However, other meet more than once or for longer sessions.
Q. Where is the tutoring done?
A. Most of our people meet at our office. We have tutoring rooms with tables, chairs and computers and shelves of resources to assist you. Some meet at other public places, usually one of the libraries because they meet in the evening after we have closed.
Q. How would I be trained?
A. We are just about to begin using new tutor training developed by our partner, ProLiteracy America. Our plan is to use this training for all of our new tutors either in classroom settings or online. We also have a tutor roundtable discussion at the end of each semester that allows tutors to interact with each other and staff to brainstorm problems and learn about new resources available in our office. Our staff is always available to answer questions or help with the selection of materials.
Q. What would you ask me to teach?
A. The students basically fit into three categories. The most advanced group is preparing to take the HSE/GED exam. They need help in English and or math. We do have tutors who specialize in math so often these students will have two tutors as they get ready to test. So English or Math are two options for this group.
We have adults that need very basic literacy skills. Most can read but have limited vocabularies, low reading comprehension, or lack of strategies that severely limit their abilities. They usually just need someone who is patient and will take the time to help them increase their skills.
Non-native English speakers are also a part of our program. Most of these people speak English but lack confidence and need help understanding the meaning of the many different words and phrases we use every day.
We also have people come in with very specific needs. They want to pass the driver’s test, a test for employment, etc., but don’t read well enough to be successful. We will work specifically on those goals to make them successful.
Q. I still want to know more, what can I do?
A. If you would like to sit and observe one of our pairs during a normal lesson we can arrange that to happen. Just call our office and ask and we will make arrangements. Because we do maintain student’s confidentiality we will have to ask their permission beforehand so allow us some time to make these arrangements.