About Adult Literacy Tutoring

"One student wrote to me and thanked me for taking time with her and going at a slow pace because she felt she was a slow learner and she's tired after her job. It was so sweet, I almost cried. This whole tutoring business is very humbling and I will certainly take all the time that she needs."

The adult literacy program recruits, trains, and provides support to volunteer tutors who give individual or small group instruction to students who need basic skills in reading, math, or English as a Second Language (ESL).

Students are at least 17 years old and not enrolled in any other school. They're eager to learn and they appreciate the assistance they receive. They come from many different countries and have various levels of education.

  • Adult Literacy Tutoring Assignments
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors help adult learners from other countries learn to understand, speak and read English and assimilate to the culture of the United States.
    • Adult Basic Education (ABE) reading and math tutors help people learn to read or become better readers or improve basic math education in order to complete their High School Equivalency certification (HSE, formerly GED®).
  • Adult Literacy Tutor Training

    Training consists of online classes set up in cohorts so you'll meet and get to know other prospective tutors, share information, exchange experiences, and discuss your training.

  • Working with Students

    When you've completed your training, you will be assigned to work one-to-one with an adult learner. Sometimes you may work with a small group of two to five students. You'll be matched with students according to your time and location preferences.

    We collaborate with the 11 libraries in McHenry County. Libraries offer private rooms and/or space for your tutoring sessions. You may choose to meet your students in any public place, restaurants, parks, etc. You may also meet with your students at MCC, we offer a variety of spaces for tutoring, or online. We provide materials and resources.

    We focus on tutoring for students who need extra help or those who cannot attend classes due to childcare issues, transportation problems, work schedules, etc.

  • Adult Literacy Tutor Professional Development

    Throughout the academic year, we offer a variety professional development opportunities. These workshops are designed to help you develop additional skills and knowledge that go beyond basic training. Professional development also offers you an opportunity to meet and interact with other volunteers to discuss techniques, share ideas, and gather new materials.