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  • Become a Tutor

    Who can become a tutor?

    Any adult (18 years or older) with a high school diploma or GED certificate, a valid Hillsborough County Public Library card, and transportation can become a tutor. 

    What do tutors do?

    The Hillsborough Literacy Council offers tutoring in two areas, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). 

    ABE tutors work with adults who would like to learn to read.  Tutors work with students in one-on-one sessions. 

    ESOL tutors work with students who would like to learn to speak and read English.  Tutors are matched with one student or a small group.  ESOL tutors do not need to speak their student’s native language.

    ESOL and ABE tutors meet with their students once or twice a week for at least an hour.  We ask our volunteer tutors to make a one year commitment to the program.

    How do I become a tutor?

    All volunteer tutors are required to attend a new tutor orientation and training session where they learn the fundamentals of the HLC tutoring program as well as tips for working with adult learners.  A list of upcoming training dates can be found on the Calendar of Events.  There is a registration fee of $20.00 ($15 for those 65 years and older, 50% discount for Hillsborough County employees)  for this training which covers all training materials and tutoring resources.

    If you are interested in attending one of our training sessions, please fill out the Registration Form and return it to:

    Hillsborough Literacy Council
    P.O. Box 4499
    Tampa, FL  33677-4499
    Fax:  813-273-3634

    Payment of the $20.00 ($15 for those 65 years and older, 50% discount for Hillsborough County employees) fee may be made on our website using Paypal or you may mail a check or money order, made payable to the Hillsborough Literacy Council, along with your completed registration.  Registration and payment must be received at least one week prior to the training date selected.

    Registration Fee