What is Learn English and Reading Now (LEARN)?
LEARN is a nonprofit organization that provides free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring for adults in basic reading and writing and in English for Speakers of Other Languages in the Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro area. LEARN is a community partner of the United Way of Greater Augusta.
Is there really a need for tutors in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County?
Yes. Here are a few of the many reasons we need you:
Who can become a tutor?
Anyone 18 years of age or older who has a solid command of the English language and is patient, flexible, well-organized, nonjudgmental, committed, and a good listener can be a tutor.
What kind of time commitment is there to being a tutor?
To become a tutor, you must complete a 7-hour tutor training session with some homework to be completed in advance. After that, we ask that you—
How can I talk with someone more about becoming a LEARN tutor?
Call the LEARN office in Fishersville, at 540-245-5002 Ext. 415, on Tuesday or Thursday, from10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and talk with Program Coordinator Judith Shuey. You can also leave a message at other times and someone will call you back. Or email us at email@example.com/.
How does one become a tutor?
Register with Ms. Shuey for the next training session, which you can find described here.
Do you have to be a teacher or have an education background to become a tutor?
Absolutely not. Although educators make great tutors, you just need a passion for teaching and helping others and a willingness to learn from the training about teaching others.
What if I want to teach only English as a Second Language or just Basic Literacy?
That’s fine. We will match you with a learner who fits your preferences.
What if I only want to teach a female or only a male?
That’s fine, too. We won’t match you with a learner you are not comfortable with.
Is there a lot of time spent planning lessons outside of the actual tutoring time?
There is some time spent on planning, but it is up to the tutor how much time is spent this way. At first, it may take longer, but tutors usually spend an average of 30 minutes a week planning sessions.
What’s the hardest part of tutoring?
We’ve heard from former and current tutors that one of the hardest parts of tutoring is finding resources for lessons. LEARN now has resources galore. We have an ESL curriculum and shelves full of Basic Literacy resources and lesson ideas. And we are always looking for online aids as well.
What’s the best part about tutoring?
Many tutors have talked extensively about the positive relationships that tutors and learners can sometimes form. Cultures are shared, and many great lessons have come out of dinners cooked together.
How do I know if I would make a good tutor?
If you love helping people, have an interest in teaching, find other cultures fascinating, or think that helping another adult to learn to read might be fun, you need to call LEARN right now—you would make a great tutor.
What happens if I’m tutoring and need help with planning or what to do next?
Other LEARN tutors are only an email or phone call away. There are also a variety of other LEARN tutor communication avenues that may be helpful (tutor gatherings, lesson exchange opportunities, and the like).
Do the tutors and learners ever get together?
Yes. Once a year, LEARN holds a Tutor-Learner Appreciation Dinner. It’s a time when we can all celebrate our successes and get to know each other better. It’s a wonderful gathering of generations, cultures, and amazing food.
What if my question is still not answered?
Call, email, or come by—we will do everything we can to answer all of your questions. We appreciate your interest in helping the adults in our area.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Tutor for LEARN. You are valuable to us and we hope you will consider changing the life of an adult in our area.
Would you like to help us continue to grow? Consider making a tax-deductible donation to LEARN today: visit Network For Good.