Consider Tutoring

Texas Literacy in Learning (TLL) accepts adults as Tutors from multiple backgrounds, adding to our organization’s capabilities to build a literate diverse community. We’ve employed the skills of accountants, social workers, pharmacists, sales experts, teachers, apartment managers, office assistants, OSHA inspectors, and many others as Tutors. Some have tutored while employed and others have tutored after retiring.

Some people have very much enjoyed Tutoring, and others have not enjoyed it as much. It should be a rewarding experience for you and your student; however, the primary focus is always the student. However, Tutoring is not for everyone! First, it requires a commitment on your part to Tutor someone for at least eight months. You may take breaks during this period but you should be able to meet at least once a week most of the time.

Tutoring with the TLL is a privilege, not necessarily a right just because someone wants to volunteer. You must pass a background check before we can train you. You must complete training, and agree to follow our policies and guidelines.

When we match you with a student, we’re investing in your background and training to specifically help a particular adult. We reserve the right to change or discontinue the match. We’ll train and equip you to be effective with the students we want you to help.

Students must complete an orientation before they may apply for a Tutor. Orientation sessions are offered in Marshfield, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. If you know someone who wants tutoring, and you want to be their Tutor, they must register with us first and complete Orientation.

Adults considering tutoring for the TLL should first read the following expectations.

Specific Duties:
1. Complete Tutor Training.
2. Meet the adult student in a mutually agreed upon public location. This may never be in a residence rented or owned by the Tutor or the Student.
3. While tutoring, never provide transportation or loan money to students.
4. Maintain records including: Tutoring dates; total hours Tutored each session; student goals (set and met); changes in student attitude or performance; any change in student employment or wages shared by the student.
5. Maintain a student portfolio with your student(s). This should reflect the student’s initial performance level and subsequent progress. Add to and change the contents of the portfolio on a regular basis (at least once a month).
6. Submit Monthly Tutor Reports to the council by mailing to the office, or submitting them online.
7. Report promptly any change in the status of your students or your (i.e., address, phone, health concerns, employment changes, etc.)

Qualifications:
1. Adults 18 and older with at least a High School diploma may apply to become Tutors. You need to be able to read, speak, and write English. If you can help with computers, or math, you should be able to understand what you are Tutoring. No prior teaching experience or foreign language ability is needed.
2. Complete TLL’s Tutor Training.
3. Patience, even-tempered, relaxed, flexible, and able to respond to the changing needs of adult students.

The TLL provides equal opportunities to all volunteers and applicants without regard to race, creed, sexual preference, marital status, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, handicap, military reserve membership, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal laws. In addition, the council complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.