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Why tutor?

We have students waiting right now to be matched with volunteer tutors to help them reach their goals. If you have 2-3 hours a week to volunteer, YOU can make a difference in the lives of one of these individuals. 

Siena provides all training and materials--no teaching experience necessary.

In-person volunteers are needed in reading, math, and English as a second language. 

Or call 313-532-8404 for more information!

Tutors: Why tutor
Tutors: Program

Our Program

As a tutor, you will be paired with one adult learner to work on reading, math, or English language. You are able to choose what subjects you are interested in tutoring and a time that is convenient to your schedule. You will receive copies of all texts and supplementary resources necessary for your tutoring sessions. All tutoring pairs meet onsite at Siena Literacy Center.

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Tutors: FAQ


Is training available? How long does it take? 


Step 1: Join us for an orientation to learn more about our program. 

Step 2: If you like what you hear, sign up for a two-hour training on the ins and outs of how to be a good tutor. 

Step 3: Once you're matched with a student, meet one-on-one with a staff member to discuss the student's individual needs and go over the curriculum you'll be using. 

Need more? We offer workshop opportunities throughout the year, and staff members are always happy to schedule a meeting to help a tutor talk through a particular issue. An 18-hour certification is also available through ProLiteracy to those who are interested. 


How long is the commitment?

We would appreciate a commitment of at least one year. If you are interested in volunteering but can't meet this commitment, please let us know so that we can figure out a way for you to help that meets your scheduling needs. 


What is the schedule?

We can work with your availability! Tutoring sessions typically last two hours and occur at the same day and time each week. Appointments can be scheduled any time during our open hours, Monday through Thursday, 10 am-8 pm. 


Most tutors meet with learners once a week, but if you're willing, more sessions can be scheduled. 


Is virtual tutoring available? 

We are phasing out virtual tutoring. While virtual sessions can be a good option on occasion if someone can't come in, pairs that meet only virtually do not tend to be successful. 


How many students do I teach at one time? 

Tutoring almost always one-to-one, but occasionally it makes sense to work with a small group of two or three. We can discuss options with you before making a match. 


How do I know if I am eligible?

Tutors must be adults and have a high school diploma or equivalency. Previous teaching experience is not a requirements. 


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

Yes! We recommend starting with one student to make sure things are going well. 


Who are the 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 improve English speaking or writing skills, or to qualify for a better job. 


I want to tutor! What do I do now?

Give us a call at 313-532-8404 to learn more, or sign up online for our next orientation.


Can I support SLC in other ways? 

Yes! In addition to tutoring, you can help by donating money or sharing information about our program with others. We can also sometimes use volunteer talents in other areas, such as event planning, development, and office management. 

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