PSC Tutor Training Reg Form

Project Second Chance Tutor Training Registration Form

Please note: This application is for volunteers who have already completed a PSC orientation. If you haven't completed the PSC orientation, please visit to complete the Prospective Tutor Orientation Form.

Thank you for your interest in becoming an adult literacy tutor! Please read the information below before submitting the registration form at the bottom of the page.

Project Second Chance (PSC) is the Contra Costa County Library Adult Literacy Program. Under the supervision and guidance of PSC staff, volunteer tutors provide free, confidential, one-on-one basic literacy instruction to English-speaking adults who wish to improve their reading, writing and spelling skills.

Tutor duties include helping your learner articulate reading and writing goals, selecting appropriate materials, preparing and meeting for regular tutoring sessions, and reporting monthly on your learner's progress.

Tutoring may occur virtually or in-person. Once you have completed tutor training, you will be assigned a learner whose location and schedule availability matches yours.

Tutor Qualifications

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Comfortable with your own reading skills and able to clearly communicate verbally and in writing in English.
  • Empathetic, patient, and willing to learn new skills.
  • Able to attend all sessions of basic tutor training, plus an additional day or training if you wish to tutor an adult with a learning disability such as dyslexia. No degrees or diplomas are necessary, and there are no tests!

Matching Tutors and Learners

  • Many factors are considered in making a match: time, location, learner needs, and tutor preferences. Generally, the more flexible you can be, the easier it is to pair you with a learner.
  • Both tutors and learners have the right to decline a match for any reason.

Tutor Commitment

  • Meet your learner at a public location or online.
  • Work with your learner twice a week for 90 minutes each lesson, and dedicate time for preparing lessons and travel time.
  • Make at least a six-month commitment to the program after being matched with a learner.

Tutor Training

  • Training is designed for people with no teaching experience, but it also helps experienced teachers understand the differences between working with an adult and a child.
  • Tutoring is offered several times per year.
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