Learn With a Tutor

You Can Learn With a Tutor

We can match you with a tutor for one-on-one teaching. Your tutor can help you with reading, writing, High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation, English Language Learning (ELL), or the citizenship test. If you’re ready to take the next step to improve your reading, here are some questions we can answer.

  • Who are we?
  • Who are the learners?
  • Do I have to pay?
  • How do I start?
  • Will I work with one tutor or with other people?
  • Who are the tutors?
  • What happens next?
  • What is tutoring like?
  • What if I can’t be at a lesson?
  • What happens if things don’t work out?
  • What else can I do in the program?
  • What if I am not accepted into the program?

Who Are We?

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc.  helps adults who want to read, write, or speak English better.

Who Are the Learners?

They are English speaking adults who are 18 years and older who need help with reading and writing,  or they are from countries outside the United States and need help with their English language skills

Do I Have to Pay?

No!   The program is at no cost for learners. You may make a gift to help the program if you would like to do so.

How Do I Start?

If you want help with reading, you will need to:

  • Call our office to make an appointment for an interview
  • Be assessed for reading strengths and needs
  • Be reading below the 8th grade reading level

If accepted as a student, you will need to:

  • Attend our Drop In Center classes until we find you a tutor
  • Help adjust your learning plan as you learn
  • Keep appointments (if 2 are missed, another learner may be assigned to the tutor)
  • Be willing to do homework
  • Attend appointments with Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. staff for assessment
  • Complete a final interview and assessment with LV staff member before leaving the program
  • Stay in contact with your Literacy New York staff, even after you leave

If you want help with speaking English, you will need to:

  • Call our office and make an appointment for an interview
  • Be able to state name, address, telephone number, and age
  • Intend on residing permanently in the U.S. (we cannot serve persons or spouses here for temporary research, employment, or educational purposes)
  • Be at a beginning to high intermediate level of speaking English
  • Be assessed for English language strengths and needs

If accepted as a student, you will need to:

  • Attend our Drop In Center classes until we find you a tutor
  • Help adjust a learning plan as you learn
  • Keep appointments (if 2 are missed, another learner may be assigned to the tutor)
  • Be willing to do homework
  • Attend appointments with Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. staff for assessment
  • Complete a final interview and assessment with LNYBN staff member before leaving the program
  • Stay in contact with your LNYBN staff, even after you leave

Will I Work With One Tutor or With Other People?

To start out, you will attend our Drop In Centers which will help you while you are on the waiting list to receive a one-on-one tutor. At the Drop In Center, you may work in small groups with the tutors, or one-on-one depending how many students attend that center. Once you are matched to a tutor, you will work with them one-on-one.

Who Are the Tutors?

We do not accept just anyone as a Literacy Volunteer.  We are always seeking volunteers with the right skill set in order to be able to teach you effectively.  At the very least, tutors must be high school graduates over age 18 as well as complete a 12-hour initial workshop to learn how to be a tutor.  Tutors are also required to attend more training sessions to further develop their skills as a tutor.

What Happens Next?

Usually we cannot match tutors and learners right away. We will call you when we have a tutor for you. We usually have a waiting list of students. However, we have Drop In Centers, which are places where you can go to get tutored right away, while you wait for a one-on-one tutor. We train new tutors every month, so the amount of tutors is based on how many volunteers we have each month.

You may contact us:

  • To see how we are doing finding you a tutor
  • If you move
  • If there is a new time when you can meet a tutor
  • If you decide you do not want a tutor

What is Tutoring Like?

You and the tutor will decide where and when to meet. We ask you and your tutor to meet for 2-4 hours a week for at least a year. You will meet the tutor in a public place like a library, church, or community center. You should NOT meet in your home or the tutor’s home.

Contact the office immediately if anything is unusual or uncomfortable.

Your tutor can borrow books, tapes, or learner newspapers from our library for your lessons. The tutor will ask you to practice what you’ve learned between your lessons and will also keep track of your progress.

What if I Can’t Be at a Lesson?

Please call the tutor (or the office) if you will not be at your lesson.

What Happens if Things Don’t Work Out?

Not every “partnership” works out perfectly the first time. Please contact the office if things are not going well or you don’t feel comfortable with the tutor. We will work with you to find another tutor.

What if I am Not Accepted Into the Program?

The Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. program may not be for everyone. We may feel that our volunteer tutors are not be able to help you. If this happens, we will try to refer you to another program that may be better suited to your needs.

Other questions? Please contact the office.

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