Helpful Tutor FAQs
How much does it cost?
- We are a free service!
- We do not charge for tutoring or educational materials*
How does it work?
- We set up an appointment for evaluation to determine the adult level for each student
- A tutor is assigned to the student
- The tutor calls the student and a relationship is formed
How is the tutor trained?
- Our tutors are trained in the Laubach method, a phonetic system that has been used worldwide for over 50 years to teach adults
- A potential tutor is required to attend 12 hours of training
- Trainings are held in three-hour sessions on four different evenings
Are there qualifications for tutors?
- The person must be able to read and write
- The person must be able to adequately communicate these skills to a student
What is required of a new tutor?
- A commitment of at least one year, or longer if possible
- The tutor must meet with the student at least once a week
- The meeting time must meet the needs of both the student and tutor
- The tutor meets the student in a public place, such as a library, church, or school
What is expected of the student?
- The student is expected to meet the tutor at the chosen place each week
- The student should notify the tutor if he/she cannot meet
- The student is expected to prepare for the meeting by completing assigned materials in the workbook.
*There is a tutor registration fee of $30. $20 is the yearly membership fee for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council and $10 is to help cover the cost of the books used in the workshops; however, we do not turn away a tutor for inability to pay.