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Become a Tutor

What does it take to become a tutor?

Purpose of a tutor: To help adults 18 or older to learn basic reading and writing skills that will enable them to meet self-identified goals.

Volunteer Qualifications: 

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Have the desire to help adults learn to read
  • Have good reading and writing skills
  • Be flexible, friendly, patient, dependable, respectful
  • Be able to relate well to a variety of people
  • Be sensitive to the special needs of adult learners


  • To encourage and support learner in a 1-on-1 tutoring relationship.
  • To keep records of learner’s progress and submit monthly progress reports. 
  • To notify the Suffolk Literacy Council office of challenges and victories as they happen.

Required Training: 

  • 8 hour FREE workshop teaches curriculum and techniques on how to teach reading to adult students.
  • For tutoring at Western Tidewater Regional Jail, tutors will take a self-guided 4 hour online course and attend a 2 hour security orientation on site.

Learn More

If you are interested in becoming a part of this dynamic group of volunteers or just want to learn more, contact us.

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Tutor Committment


  • Typically 1 or 2 sessions per week
  • 1 to 1 1/2 hours per session
  • About 1 hour preparation per lesson

Tutoring Locations: 

  • A location convenient to both tutor and student
  • SLC Office, located at the Workforce Development Center, or library, community center, church, hospital, worksite or another PUBLIC venue

*Note: Most students do not have cars so this will affect tutor site

New student during her one on one tutoring session

New student during her one on one tutoring session