Tutor Tips

What should you do if someone approaches you (or one of your students) and wants to join your tutoring group?

Ask the potential student to call the Hillsborough Literacy Council at 813.273.3650 to register for our program first. We will take all of their information and get them matched with a tutor as soon as we can.

When faced with a willing and eager learner, it can be tempting to just let the student join your existing group. However, please remember that we have more than 100 willing and eager learners on our waiting list. In the interest of fairness, we need to match students in order and not bump anyone to the top of the list simply because he or she knows a tutor or another student.

What should you do if you would like a new student or more students?

Contact the Hillsborough Literacy Council office by email at AdultLiteracy@hillsboroughcounty.org  or call 813.273.3650 and see if your availability matches that of anyone on our waiting list!

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Your Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System has a lot of great resources available for basic literacy and ESOL students and tutors.  Browse the Adult New Reader (ANR) section of your local branch or check out How to Look up ANR Materials on the Library Catalog for instructions on how to search our catalog for these valuable tools!  ANR materials automatically check out for 3 weeks.  If you need them for an extended period, just contact the HLC via email at AdultLiteracy@hillsboroughcounty.org or by phone at 813-273-3650


Free Teaching Aids & Online Courses @ EdNet

Free online courses, lesson plans, tip sheets, podcasts, and interactive web-based exercises are now available to adult literacy and ESOL instructors and learners.  Tutors may find new techniques for teaching reading, writing, and basic life skills. EdNet offers an impressive array of formats that tutors may choose to incorporate in tutoring sessions. 

Registration is simple; just visit the ProLiteracy Education Network website.


Good Ways To Say ‘Wrong’

  • That’s a tricky one.
  • Let’s try that again.
  • Oh, I forgot to explain…
  • Lots of people have trouble with this.
  • Almost! That’s close!
  • Would you like me to do a sample?

Good Ways to Say ‘Good’

  • You must have been practicing!
  • How did you do that so fast?
  • You just taught me something.
  • Now you’ve got it. Keep up the good work. You’re doing great.
  • Outstanding! Fantastic! That’s right. Nice going.

These are suggested phrases based on tips in Litstart from Michigan Literacy, Inc.

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