Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I get involved with the CCLC?

There are many ways to get involved. Become a volunteer. Make a donation. Join us at an upcoming event. For more information please call us at 301-934-6488 or fill out our contact form.


I want to be a tutor but do not have a teaching background - does that matter?

Not at all! As long as you have a desire to make a difference and are fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English, you are an ideal candidate to be a tutor.


How do I become a tutor?

All tutors must attend a training program that is scheduled at least 4 times during the calendar year. Learn more HERE. During the pandemic, we are revamping our tutor training to include at least two Zoom sessions and one in-person session, not to exceed two hours each.


Where would I meet with my student?

We ask that you meet with your student in a public place such as one of the library branches, BAM, Panera, etc. If desire by both tutor and student, virtual training can be done. This will also be covered in training.


How do you determine a student’s current literacy level?

An initial assessment is made by CCLC’s assessor prior to a student’s assignment to a tutor.


How often am I expected to meet with my student?

We recommend that you meet with your student once each week for at least one hour. You may, of course, meet more than once a week if your student wishes to do so and you can accommodate tha schedule. You will also need preparation time before each tutoring session, which is why we ask for a committent of a least two hours per week.


What can I expect to happen during the training program?

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How long does a tutor typically work with a student?

The time will vary according to each student’s needs and their motivation to reach their goals. Some tutors work with students for two to three years or longer, while some only work with a student for a few months. This really depends on the student’s needs and motivation. For example, a student who needs to improve math skills in order to pass the GED test will probably not need your help for an extended period of time, but someone who has very low reading skills will need your help for a much longer period of time. If your student leaves and you would like to have another student, we will match you.


Am I required to turn in any reports?

Yes, tutors are required to keep a record of volunteer hours on a monthly basis. We have created a simple one-page form for this purpose. The information is required by our funding agencies, grant applications and adult literacy organizations.

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