Our literacy learners are all different. We can find a learner that suits your skills and strengths. Some learners come in to upgrade their computer skills, while others are starting to read or working towards high school equivalency. We’ll use your skills – such as essay writing, budgeting math or computer skills – to our advantage and find a student needing those skills. Some students will complete both math and English skills, while others may just need one.
Before beginning the journey of becoming a tutor, you need to understand our students and how we help them. At Literacy Nipissing, our tutors meet with a learner in our office once a week for a two-hour session. Before the session, tutors are responsible for planning and preparing for the lesson. During the lesson, tutors will guide their learner through English work, mathematics, computer, GED preparation, or a variety of subjects.
Please note that we require all volunteers, tutors, staff and board members to submit a police record check or suitable references for our files.
Who Do We Teach
Most of our tutors work one-on-one with a single student. This option is often best as you can focus your attention on your learner’s needs. You do not have to be a trained teacher. You simply need to be patient, sympathetic and ready to help someone improve their skills. Once you get more comfortable with your learner, you will know a lot about how they learn and how you can help. You’re also not alone! The staff, tutor training team, and even other tutors are all here to help you through this adventure.
Some tutors are more comfortable with a small group. If you’re interested in tutoring a couple of students who are looking for similar skills, or a small group in a specific area (computers, for example), let us know. We also have workshops from time to time on topics such as budgeting, communication skills, and stress management. Let us know if you would be interested in working with a small group, as there is always room for these opportunities as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
All tutoring sessions are held at the office at 204 Main Street East, Suite 100.
- Problems of low literacy
- How to sensitize to the adult non-reader
- Techniques and materials used to facilitate reading, writing and math
- Lesson planning and learning plan templates
- Other methods and materials
- Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the workshop, you will receive your Laubach Literacy Tutor certificate, accepted anywhere Laubach Councils exist. If you have already attained your certificate you may attend again, all or part of the weekend to “brush up” your skills.
- Staff support through e-mail, phone, or in person by appointment
- An always expanding library of resources
- Computers and a photocopier to plan and/or teach lessons
- A newsletter for our tutors and members
- Annual events to meet other tutors and learners, such as our Family Literacy Day Skate, Scrabble at the Mall, our Volunteer Appreciation Tea, our Student and Tutor Banquet, and our Jingle Mingle Open House