You can tutor if:
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You are able to speak, read, write and understand English as well as speak, hear and see well enough to communicate effectively with a student
- You are a graduate of high school or its equivalent
- You demonstrate and maintain behavior which shows sensitivity and respect for the student. Such behavior includes using appropriate language, refraining from attending literary functions under the influence of alcohol or drugs and refraining from harassing or threatening behavior
- You attend a training workshop consisting of a minimum of 12 hours
- You commit an average of one hour a week of instructional time with a student for one year in Somerset County meet with the student in a public place
- You comply with LVSC’s policy that neither students nor tutors transport each other in their own vehicles
- You comply with LVSC’s policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status or disability
Where: The PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits on Finderne Avenue in Bridgewater
When: Training is held three times per year – spring, fall, and winter. Click here for the training schedule.
For how long: Four sessions totaling 12 hours of training are extended over a period of four weeks. Training is comprehensive and created to ensure volunteers are well-prepared to work with functionally illiterate adults. As such, trainees are expected to attend all sessions and complete homework in order to receive certification in Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL). Make-up sessions can be arranged, but please note that attendance at the first session is required and no make-up session is available.
You must register to enroll in training. Click here to register for Tutor Training.
During the 12-hour Tutor Training Workshop you will:
- Discover how language is acquired.
- Discover how adults learn effectively.
- Learn the common characteristics of adult learners, specifically those needing basic literacy instruction, both American-born and those whose first language is not English.
- Practice techniques for setting goals.
- Learn techniques to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
- Combine techniques you have learned with real-life materials to create relevant lessons.
- Learn to develop lesson plans for your tutoring sessions.
Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County is a small 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a limited budget and no government funding. We must purchase materials for our training program which is conducted by paid, professional trainers. To help defray the costs for Tutor Training session, including the materials provided, we ask participants to pay a $50 fee for the training. This fee can be paid on-line or by check prior to the first session. Click here to pay the tutor training fee.
Tutors are matched with a student or small group of students based on geography and availability.
At the onset, tutors will be given information about their student, including literacy level and literacy goals. Tutor-student pairs will then meet weekly in a public place like the library, usually for 1 to 1.5 hours per week. Tutors and students meet at a mutually convenient time and place.
LVSC’s students are functionally illiterate adults who live in Somerset County. Some are American-born students who need help learning to read. The majority speak English as a Second Language (ESL) and seek help learning to read, write, and communicate in English. Most tutors work with students on a one-to-one basis; some tutors enjoy working with small groups of two to four students.
Following the training, we ask that you commit to tutoring for at least one year. You are required to report your tutoring hours monthly via a simple form on our website.
- The LVSC website contains resources and links to other websites to assist tutors. Click here for more information.
- Tutor Support Sessions are held monthly to bring together tutors and mentors to share experiences and information. Click here to learn about Tutor Support Sessions.
- Tutors can attend workshops at an annual professional development conference sponsored by Literacy NJ.
Thank you for your interest - we look forward to meeting you! Click here to register for Tutor Training.