Be a Tutor

Are you friendly? Patient? Passionate and persistent? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Then you DO have what it takes to tutor! The Literacy Coalition ALWAYS needs tutors. Our biggest need is for math tutors, but reading and English language tutors are also in demand. We also help students prepare for any test such as the HSE, SAT, Citizenship, or the Driver’s License exam.

Training and materials are provided at no cost to you.

For more information, contact Dawn Schmidt, Literacy Coordinator, at (260) 356-0824. For those wishing to know more, see our tutor guidelines below:

Tutor Guidelines

Purpose: To tutor a child, adult, or small group of learners in reading, writing, basic math, HSE studies, or English language.

Job Description:

—Set goals and plan a learning program with the student
— Find and prepare teaching material that suits the student’s ability, goals, and interests
—Tutor the student once a week at the Huntington City-Township Public Library
—Maintain a positive, warm attitude that encourages the student to learn
—Complete monthly tutor reports
— Discuss the student’s progress with the Literacy Coordinator; discuss problems/issues when they arise
—Attend various in-service workshops and tutor support groups after tutoring begins
— Report to: Literacy Coordinator (who matches new tutors and students and provides ongoing supervision)


—Patient, open-minded, flexible attitude (not to the point of being taken advantage of)
—Understanding student-centered approach to teaching and learning good verbal skills; good listening skills
—Ability to work independently and provide support to student
—Good basic skills in reading, writing, or basic math
—Ability to be on time for weekly appointments —Respect for confidentiality
—Basic computer skills are helpful, but not necessary
—Completion of tutor training (some tutors may begin tutoring before training is finished depending on their experience, at the discretion of the Literacy Coordinator)

Time Commitment:

—1 hour of tutoring per week, or other amount tutor can provide
—Planning and preparation: ½ to 1 hour per week
— 1 year commitment preferred
—10-15 hours of tutor training
—Quarterly tutor meetings
—New tutor training

Some comments from our tutors:

“(The student’s)…oral reading is more and more fluent… story understanding has greatly improved.”

“(The) student continues to progress in understanding and test taking skills.”

“(The student) has set some impressive goals. …wants to learn better English, has prepared for an Indiana Driver’s License and is studying for her U.S. Citizenship test in Indianapolis. She’s a serious, focused learner…”

“(The) student is showing marked improvement with each lesson. Working on enunciation of certain words and letter combinations.”

“…After showing my student and his parents the section in the library for children’s beginning to learn to read books, his excitement level grew to the point where he chose books to take home to read. These books he brought to our next meeting to show me he had learned to read….his mother made this comment as her son came beaming toward her; ‘He is so proud of himself!’”

The Benefits of Tutoring:

There are many benefits to tutoring that you may not have considered.

—Experiencing a new role in the learning process
—Experiencing higher levels of thinking
—Gaining a clearer understanding of the basic skills of a subject
—Increased motivation to learn through helping others
—Increased ability to manage your own learning and study strategies
—Increased subject-specific knowledge
—Increased related, general knowledge
—Improved listening and communication skills
—Increased understanding of learning differences
—Increased understanding of cultural differences
—Improved organizational abilities

(As reported by CSUN, California State University of Northridge)

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