FAQs - for Tutors


Is training available? if so, how long does it take?
How many tutors has the Siena Literacy Center certified?
If I volunteer, how long is the service?
What is the schedule?
How many students do I teach at one time?

How do I know if I'm eligible?

I have the time and am willing to tutor more than one student a week. Is this possible?

Who are the SLC students?
I want to tutor! What do I do now?
Can I support the SLC in other ways?


Is training available? If so, how long does it take?
Yes. There are two 13-hour training workshop held in early spring and  late fall at the Center free of charge. Completion of the workshop certifies tutors through ProLiteracy America. Certification is not a requirement to begin tutoring, but we strongly encourage all tutors to be certified.

In addition to the formal training, new tutors meet with one of the staff prior to meeting their student for the first time to get acquainted with their student's needs and the study materials available.

How many tutors has the Siena Literacy Center certified?
At present, the SLC has approximately 130 active tutors. Since 1995, more than 850 men and women have been certified through the SLC.

If I volunteer, how long is my commitment?
We would appreciate a commitment of at least eight months.  Our programs are very flexible; we match you with a learner who is available to meet with you once a week at a time convenient to you.

What is the schedule?
Each session lasts about two hours and can be scheduled between the hours of 9am-6pm Mondays through Thursdays. Most learners come in once a week to meet with you, but if you're willing, more sessions can be scheduled.  Learners must also use the computer lab for at least one hour per week to practice skills learned with you.

How do I know if I am eligible?
If you are a high school graduate and willing to help people improve themselves then you are eligible.  Previous teaching experience is not a requirement of our tutors.

How many students do I teach at one time?
All tutoring is one-on-one. You will be scheduled to tutor one student according to your subject preference(s)... reading, math, or English as a Second Language.

I have the time and am willing to tutor more than one student a week.  Is this possible?
Of course!  If you desire, you may tutor more than one learner or more frequently than once a week.

Who are the SLC students?
The student body is diverse in age, race, and cultural background.  Reasons for attending are equally diverse: to learn to read; to enhance reading skills; to reach reading and math requirements for entrance into other programs; to learn English as a second language, and most importantly, to qualify for a better job.

I want to tutor! What do I do now?
Contact Us: (phone) 313-532-8404 (fax) 313-532-8409

Can I support the SLC in other ways?
Yes! In addition to tutoring, you can help by publicizing our program, donating money and any in-kind donations such as office supplies, office furniture or computers. We also seek volunteer receptionists to answer the telephone and greet learners and tutors. In addition, throughout the year, we hold special events that require the efforts of many. Check our Calendar page to see what we are planning.

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