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Tutoring with Literacy NRV

One-to-One Tutoring

Are you interested in helping another adult to improve their skills in reading, writing, basic math, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), or basic computer skills, or to prepare them for exams such as the GED or U.S. Citizenship Exam?

Volunteer tutors with Literacy NRV provide one-to-one or small group tutoring in public locations throughout the NRV.

Eligible volunteer tutors:

  • Can meet with a student for 1-3 hours per week

  • Are at least 18 years old

  • Have at least a high school diploma and read at a 12th grade level or higher

  • Have the ability to communicate clearly

  • Are patient, flexible, non-judgmental, and supportive

  • Have sensitivity to other backgrounds and cultures

  • Can commit to one year of tutoring

NOTE: Tutoring is taking place virtually or in-person, depending on the desire of the tutor and student.

The pathway to becoming a volunteer tutor:

  1. Join us for a Volunteer Information Session.

  2. Following the session, complete a volunteer application and volunteer agreement.

  3. Complete approximately 3 hours of an online tutor training module.

  4. Schedule a "Getting Started" meeting with staff to discuss the training and possible matches or volunteer placements. (Note that you may need to wait some time before you are matched with a student that fits your interests, availability, and location preferences and can commit consistently to tutoring)

Tutoring Overview:

  1. Meet weekly (in person in a public location or virtually) with a local adult to help him/her/they achieve literacy and language-related goals.

  2. Register for and participate in "experienced" tutor training opportunities. Our staff is always available to support you through one-to-one consultations, as well.

  3. Complete monthly reports documenting your volunteer hours as well as student instructional activities and progress toward the goals on the student's goals checklist.

  4. Complete an end-of-program report should you or the student exit the program.

  5. Change a life through literacy!

Learner-Centered Approach

  • Tutors and learners work together to come up with a learning plan to meet real life goals.

  • The learner is an active participant in all aspects of the tutoring process. You and your learner make all decisions together.

Real Life Goals:

  • Teaching a student grammar and spelling (and pronunciation) is not as important as helping a student meet their real life goals. Grammar and spelling are learned in the process.

  • Must be the focus of your tutoring session to keep the learner interested and motivated.

  • Examples: getting a driver’s license; reading a recipe; writing checks; writing an email to a family member who lives far away; filling out forms at work; etc.

Collaborative/Team Approach:

  • You and your learner(s) are a team.

  • Always collaborate with your student. Do not just assign activities and homework. One of the
    reasons they need tutoring services is because traditional scholastic methods (homework) didn’t work for them in the past. It is important that they are an active part in making decisions about assignments.

  • You are not alone. LVNRV is there to help. Helping learners meet their life goals is a collaborative process.


Tutor/Student Matching:

  • When you are matched you will be given some basic background information on your learner and what types of goals they are working towards.

  • It is important that you build a friendly and supportive relationship with your learner. The better you know them, the better you can help them set and meet goals.


Meeting With Your Learner:

  • We request that all matches meet in a public or neutral place such as a library, our office, a coffee shop, a church, a community room, etc.


Time Requirements:

  • We request that you meet with your learner at least once a week for at least one hour a week.

  • You will generally find that lesson planning, instruction, and travel together take up to 1.5 to 2 hours a week of your time.


Reporting Requirements:

  • Tutors are required to turn in a monthly tutoring progress report. These reports are
    very important to Literacy NRV. It is from these reports that we get information from you about your successes and challenges, how we can support you, and our statistics that help us obtain and maintain funding.

  • All reporting forms will be provided for you along with instructions and guidance.

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