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Tutor Resources


Library Volunteer Application
LEARN Volunteer Application
Please complete both applications and mail to LEARN or take to your local branch library and ask a staff member to send them to LEARN.

Monthly Tutoring Report
Please complete with your learner and send in by the 3rd of each month.

Tutor Job Description

Web Resources

Help With Tutoring

Great Start 5 Program Support
(Call or email LEARN for website username and password).
Includes Tutor Exchange article archive, Tutor Orientation Kit, Tutor Guide, and dozens of tutor-learner activities.

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) is a federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts are dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma.

Pues Literacy
Includes excellent downloadable publications such as "The ABC's of Teaching Reading" and "Being a Good Speller."

Verizon Literacy Campus
Click on "Free Online Courses" to enroll. Courses include "Orientation to Volunteering in Literacy," "Before, During and After - A Reading Comprehension Technique," "Graphic Organizers: Tools for Instructors and Students," and many more!

Learning Styles/Intelligences

Learning Style Assessment
Figure out your whether your learner's dominant learning style is visual, auditory or tactile/kinesthetic. Knowing your learner's style (and your own) can help you to realize that other people may approach the same learning situation in a different way from your own.

Multiple Intelligences for Adult Literacy and Education
Innovative ways to help adult literacy instructors and students discover and tap into their unique and natural processes to ensure success in teaching and learning.

Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.

LD Online
LD OnLine offers online services and produces video programs dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD. Features thousands of helpful articles on learning disabilities and ADHD, monthly columns by noted experts in the field, a free and confidential question and answer service, active bulletin boards, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Literacy Organizations

Southern California Library Literacy Network
From the beginning of the establishment of library literacy programs by the California State Library in 1984, library programs in Southern California have been meeting to share resources and ideas, and address literacy issues. The Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN) was formalized in 1985. SCLLN has 49 member libraries and continues to expand our commitment to meet the literacy needs of Southern California.

National Institute for Literacy
The National Institute for Literacy's (NIFL) programs and services encourage the development and provision of high quality adult education and literacy services. Individually, they address some of the most important challenges facing the field, including how to improve accountability, use technology to its full advantage, and meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities.

San Diego Council on Literacy
The San Diego Council on Literacy is composed of over 20 literacy centers which provide learning opportunities in adult basic education, GED, English as a Second Language, and youth and family literacy. The Council supports these literacy organizations by raising literacy awareness in the community and placing volunteer literacy tutors and adult learners with literacy programs that best suit their needs.

The State of Adult Literacy in the United States

National Assessments of Adult Literacy
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) (released on December 15, 2005) provides the first assessment of the nation's progress in adult literacy since 1992. In addition to describing the status and progress of literacy in the nation, the 2003 NAAL will provide information about background factors associated with literacy, the skill levels of the least-literate adults, and the application of literacy skills to health-related materials.


The County of San Diego and the San Diego County Library disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of the translations.
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