Think you want to be a tutor? Our volunteers come from all walks of life, have different interests, and vary in age. Your patience and a couple hours each week can lead to a rewarding volunteer experience!
Before you get started you need to take our Tutor Training. Our training offers a foundation of skills and insights for working with your adult student. Training is offered in two formats so you can pick the one that best suits your learning style and schedule.
Tutors receive on-going support from our highly trained staff. Support comes in the form of newsletters, in-services and training, assistance with lesson plan development, and on-going learner assessment.
Requirements For Becoming a Tutor
- Volunteer tutors are required to have a high school diploma (or its equivalent);
- A desire to help another individual meet his/her literacy goals;
- Pass a background check;
- Complete the required tutor training sessions;
- Volunteer 2 hours each week in one of our programs; and
- Commit to approximately one year of service.
Some of our programs need a classroom assistant. As an assistant, you will complete an online mini-course and watch a learning disabilities video before placement. Then you will help students under the direction of staff.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Tutor or assistant, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Helpful Links for Tutors
Here are some links for help and ideas:
BadgerLink Wisconsin’s On-line Library
California Distance Learning Project News-related topics to help build reading and life skills for adult learners.
Dave’s ESL Cafe Business English, idioms, phrasal verbs, slang, quizzes, idea “cookbook”, etc.
GED Everything you wanted to know about the new GED
Guide to Grammar and Writing Wonderful tutor resource for grammar and writing.
More OnLine Catalog MORE is a consortium of libraries in Western Wisconsin sharing resources totaling more than a million items. You can search the online catalog to find materials or find additional information at any of the MORE member libraries.
PBS Learning Media Teacher resources, program schedules, adult learning service, general articles, etc.
Smithsonian Lesson plans in Arts, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Lots of other great information.
TEACHNET Lesson ideas and teacher resources
The White House Information about the President and Vice-President, tour of the White House, press releases, free materials from the government, etc.
US Department of Education Too much stuff to list it all!
Verizon Literacy Network This site is helpful to potential and existing volunteers with free online courses and information concerning literacy. Great site!
Writing Prompts Descriptive writing prompts for elementary, middle, and high schools. List is excerpted from Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test by Jane Bell Kiester and retyped by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.