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.