Student and Tutor

The first step is to attend an Orientation. This is an opportunity to gather more information with no obligation and to see if tutoring with the Literacy Council is right for you. We offer orientations on the second Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am to 12 pm and by appointment. Please call ahead at 828.696.3811 to reserve your place.

Next, if you would like to become one of our volunteer tutors, complete our Tutor Training workshop. There are courses throughout the year.  We will ask you to commit to regular meetings with your student. The goal is to complete twice a week instructional sessions for 1.5 hours each. Matches with students are made with your and their preferences as guidelines, and all instruction takes place in a public setting (our office, library, etc.).

We provide the orientation, training, and ongoing support by our professional staff to assist with all aspects of your match with a student.

After you complete your training you will be able to start tutoring a student in either our Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program, teaching reading and writing to someone whose native language is English, or in our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) Program.

Blue Ridge Literacy Council provides volunteers and students with free materials and support as you work. Most of the books we use have excellent Teachers Manuals that take you step by step through each lesson. We encourage you to take advantage of periodic in-service trainings in special topics and to participate in Tutor Network meetings where you have an opportunity to share your challenges and triumphs with other tutors.

If you're not sure that tutoring is the volunteer service you'd like to offer, please read about more volunteer options!