Become a Tutor

Volunteers in the Adult Education Program work with adult learners one-on-one or in small groups to help them meet their educational goals, including working towards the GED and improving digital literacy skills. The hours for tutoring are flexible — based on both the tutor and learner schedules. Tutors and learners can meet Mondays-Thursdays between 9:00 am and 7:30 pm and between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on Fridays.

Our Adult Tutoring Program runs in 12-14 week cycles covering specific subject matter – usually within the areas of Language Arts and Math. Tutors are provided with a toolkit of materials – both physical and online – to guide them through the tutoring cycle. At the end of each cycle, learners are evaluated to ensure that they have grasped the material before moving on to another subject area in another 12-14 week cycle.

Ideally, tutors will:
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or be enrolled in college
  • Have completed the Basic Tutor Training offered internally or by the Office of Adult Education
  • Exhibit an understanding or a willingness to understand the importance and challenges of adult education
  • Be reliable, flexible, and patient

Prior tutoring or teaching experience is useful but not required.

Tutors are required to:
  • Attend a 90-minute orientation at Lutheran Settlement House
  • Complete the Fundamentals of Adult Education training offered by the Office of Adult Education (if they have not previously done so).  The schedule of upcoming sessions is here.
  • Make a commitment to tutoring for 3-4 hours per week over a minimum of 2 learning cycles  (6 months)
  • Be able to pass background checks for criminal history and child abuse
  • Complete online tutor logs after each session
  • Participate in check-in meetings with LSH staff every other month
  • Participate in quarterly tutor trainings/meetings