Become a Tutor

Tutors are volunteers from the community with a passion for helping other adults gain literacy skills. No previous teaching experience is required. Tutors must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to speak, read, and write in English
  • Be compassionate and sensitive to the needs of adult learners
  • Be prepared to learn new teaching techniques, new ideas, and new experiences
  • Pass a background check

Tutoring Sites, Materials, and Schedules:

Tutoring is scheduled according to your convenience in a public location anywhere in Orange County. Most pairs meet at their local library. Ten of the 34 OC Public Libraries branches, as well as the city libraries of Anaheim and Orange, have established literacy centers with private tutoring space, computer access, and an extensive collection of literacy teaching materials. Register today!

Our Tutor Training Program

Before they begin working with their learners, our tutors receive 15 hours of basic training to introduce them to our tutoring techniques and philosophies. Trainees receive comprehensive workbooks and other materials to assist with their tutoring, as well as an opportunity to practice various teaching techniques as demonstrated by the instructors. The course is conducted by professional trainers certified by ProLiteracy America.

After the basic training, tutors receive ongoing technical support, specialized training, and individual assistance as needed to help their learners achieve their reading and writing goals. In addition, tutors have the opportunity to network with each other to talk about their experiences and share tips and ideas that they have used with their learners on the path to success. Join us at the  next tutor training workshop! 

Tutor Training Workshop Orientation

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
1pm - 2pm 
or 6pm - 7pm

Tutor Training Workshop

Part I

Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm

Part II

Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm

Part III: Follow Up Workshop and Certification

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00am – 11:00am 

Orientation and all workshop sessions held at:
OC Public Libraries Administrative Headquarters
1501 E. St. Andrew Place
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 566-3070 

READ/OC suggests a $20 donation to help cover the cost of training materials.  Please make checks payable to Friends of READ / OC.  Register today!

Additional workshops are scheduled throughout the year.  For more information, please call us at (714) 566-3070, or send us an email at