OIC of Oklahoma County

Volunteer Tutor Basics

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Online Tutor Training

“Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don’t believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.” —John Steinbeck

Get more info and get signed up:

Register by calling 405-235-2651 or email Blair Lanning at blanning@oicokc.org. Seating is limited so register today!

Our program offers one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults who wish to learn to read, are having difficulties in reading, spelling, and comprehension or wish to learn English as a second language. Our students are 16 years old and up. OIC tutors go through our free training program and should possess patience, sensitivity, be dependable, and flexible.

What qualifications are required to be a tutor?

OIC tutors have a heart to help others. You do not need to be a teacher – our training program will help you learn the skills to work with an adult learner. Although most of our tutors are 18 years old, we do make exceptions for younger individuals to be involved in our peer-to-peer tutoring opportunities as long as they are in school and of good academic standing. If you are under 18, you must have written parental permission to be a tutor.

Tutors must be able to read, write and speak English, be patient, sensitive, dependable, and flexible. Tutor training is required to become an Open Minds Certified Tutor.

Tutor Basics

Understand that you are building a relationship with an individual, not just teaching someone to read.

Complete a 9 hour training prior to tutoring.
Basic Tutor Training and continuing education opportunities are offered throughout the year. Training and materials are free. Trainings are held in 2-4 sessions to complete to the 9 hours and should be completed before being matched with a student. Commit to meet with your student at least one hour a week for one year.
Yes, we understand that there will be occasions that you or your student will be unable to meet. The longer and more consistent the tutor sessions, the more benefit to the student.

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