These are the most Frequently Asked Questions about becoming an Augustine Tutor.  If you don’t see the question/answer you’re looking for below, please contact us directly!

Do I have to be an educator or former educator?

No. While many of our tutors were drawn to Augustine because of previous teaching or volunteering experience and the desire to learn a more systematic and successful approach, many tutors come to us without previous experience.


How long does training last?

The current training program consists of approximately 3.5 hours of pre-work and 5 concurrent days in class. Continuing education is offered monthly to all tutors.


What is covered in training?

Training is a combination of classroom time and several practicum lessons with a student. Trainees are taught how to assess a student’s literacy needs, how to develop a lesson plan and how to pace the lessons.


Will I really be ready to do this after training?

Yes! You will have the materials, training, and practice needed to feel confident about teaching a struggling reader.


Is there a service commitment expected of me?

Yes. Each of our volunteer tutors commits to providing a minimum of 60 sessions of pro bono literacy tutoring to a low income student.  More than half of our tutors go beyond the 60 hour commitment, having seen the difference ALP tutoring makes. It takes about a school year and a half to complete the 60 sessions.


May I tutor at a school of my choice?  

We strongly encourage trainees to tutor at an ALP partner school but we will work with you to find a school that is convenient.  Each of our partner schools has an ALP Site Coordinator who provides ongoing support to the tutors.


How do I find a student to tutor? 

ALP Site Coordinators facilitate the process of matching tutors with students at our partner schools. 


Can I train virtually to be an in-person tutor?

We offer two options for tutor training, and each is specific to the type of tutoring that the volunteer will be doing. Virtual training is for tutors who will work with students remotely (i.e., virtual tutoring ). In-person training is designed for tutors who will work with students in person.

(updated 3-8-22)


“The Augustine tutor training was fabulous. I learned something new every hour, and the ongoing support and training are superb.” 

Augustine tutor