Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Are you interested in making a difference in your community and improving the life of an individual? Become a volunteer tutor!

What qualifications do I need to be a tutor?

  • Be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate.
  • Be sensitive to the issues of literacy, and to adult learners (native English and non-native English speaking).
  • Be patient, dependable, friendly, optimistic, flexible, and open to learning new things.
  • Be respectful of confidentiality, interested in others, and able to communicate effectively.
  • Be willing to work with diverse cultures.

Do I need to know another language?

No, you do not need to speak another language to tutor.

Do I need prior teaching experience?

No, we will train you!

Where will I meet with my adult learner?

Read to Learn has 12 site locations and offer morning, afternoon, and evening sessions.

How much time do volunteer tutors commit?

Volunteers meet at site-specific locations once a week for 2.5 hours for 10 weeks. The 10 weeks may not necessarily be consecutive due to meeting room availability.

Is there a cost to becoming a tutor?

Tutor training is free.

Will I need to prepare lesson plans for my adult learner?

No. Each location has a Site Supervisor who will prepare lesson plans every week.

What are tutors’ responsibilities?


  • Meet with adult learner regularly and punctually.
  • Commit to a 10-week session. (Substitutes are available if needed.)
  • Identify the learner’s special interests and help him/her establish a learning goal for the semester.
  • Implement lesson plans that the Site Supervisor has prepared to meet learner’s goals and needs.
  • Document progress toward goal on a weekly basis on the lesson plan provided.
  • Communicate regularly with your Site Supervisor regarding any specific concerns about your adult learner.

What training is involved to become a tutor?

  • Complete two 45-minute online training courses to prepare for your volunteer training experience.
  • Attend a mandatory one-day training session from 8:30AM-4:00PM (Training sessions are held in August and in January).
  • Complete a written training packet consisting of 10 individual tutoring lessons throughout the 10-week session.
  • Attend at least one additional training workshop or conference per year (held locally).


One Day Training Session Details:

  • Training begins promptly at 8:30 AM.
  • There will be a 30-minute break for lunch. (We suggest you bring a sack lunch due to time constraints, however, there are fast food options available in the area.)
  • Vending machines are available on the premises.
  • There is not a refrigerator for use on that day for lunches.
  • Training is held at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.


We hope we have answered your questions. If you need additional information, you can contact our office at 847-718-7724. Please complete the online application and register for our next tutor training session.