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The Holyoke Tutor/Mentor program connects volunteers to adult education classes in Holyoke.

How do I become a tutor?

How do I become a tutor?

I get a lot of email from kind, enthusiastic people who would like to contribute to the community asking how, exactly, does one become a tutor?

The short answer: Email me. There are steps, but I'll walk you through them.

The longer answer: Here's an infographic 

What it takes:

We make individual placements of volunteers in a particular classroom, so we're take the time to learn a bit about them first. That means  an interview, an application form, references, a CORI check. It takes a couple weeks, a month, maybe. Longer if there are holidays/snowstorms/lots of voicemail tag with references. Shorter if the stars and schedules align.

Tutoring requires a couple of free hours on a weekday (nope, no weekends) 8 - 3 ish or 5 - 8 ish for at least the next 6 months, plus four training workshops.

It does not take:  

A teaching credential: Current, aspiring and retired teachers welcome. But plenty of non teachers prove to be wonderful volunteers, and some former teachers have a hard time shifting roles.

A second language (mostly): Our classes are taught in English (with one exception for a Spanish language class), including ESOL classes. Once in awhile a teacher will request someone who speaks a bit of another language, but not often.

Your resume. We care more about how you are with people than what you do for work -- and have volunteers with all sorts of professional backgrounds.

Expertise in (math, grammar, insert academic subject here): We have a teacher, a book and/or Google for that. We're looking for tutors to cheer, coach and guide students through the process, not to have all the answers.

What it really takes

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