This section provides links to resources for tutors interested in tutoring learners with low literacy skills.
Resources in this section are primarily Tutor Guides developed by LU and other literacy organizations. They provide information for tutors looking for activities and strategies for to use in their tutoring sessions.
- Frontier College Tutor’s Guide
A Frontiers College Tutor’s Guide: Working With Adults
Frontier College has been tutoring people for over 100 years. This Tutor’s Guide presents information to tutors based on these many years of experience. It is designed for tutors who are helping adults improve their skills in reading, writing, and using numbers. It provides tutors with ideas, tools and additional resources as they work with a learner to improve his or her skills. Section 2 of the Guide presents detailed strategies and activities that the tutor may follow while working with a student at both the beginner and intermediate levels.
- Literacy Works Learner Web
Literacy Works – Learner Web – Tutor Ready Reading and Writing
The Learner Web hosts resources, drawn from the research-based Teaching Adults to Read and Write online courses and workshops, that focus on topics relevant to adult literacy tutoring. They provide answers to some common questions volunteer tutors ask about how best to help their learners improve their skills in reading and writing.
Embedded in each course, tutors will find the relevant video from the Partners in Reading collection of videos that demonstrate good practice in 1-on-1 literacy tutoring. In each short video (hosted on YouTube) a tutor works with a learner giving step by step guidance for a single tutoring/learning technique. See the Partners in Reading resource summary on this page or click this link to the Partners in Reading library of YouTube videos.
- LU Literacy Tutor Information Guide
The LU Literacy Tutor Information Guide
The Introduction and Welcome to LU Guide for Tutors is a short introductory guide to LU tutors volunteering in our one-on-one program. The guide provides an introduction to adult learners at LU and outlines the roles and responsibilities of the tutor.
Please note, all LU tutors receive a copy of the Alberta Family Literacy Centre’s Tutors Guide during training. This Guide provides a wealth of tips and ideas for literacy tutors. There are copies of this guide book in our library. LU Tutors can also request a copy through the LU office.
- Partners in Reading
Partners in Reading – San Jose Public Library
Partners in Reading have developed a large collection of videos that demonstrate good practice in 1-on-1 literacy tutoring. In each short video (hosted on YouTube) a tutor works with a learner giving step by step guidance for a single tutoring/learning technique. Click the link to the Partners in Reading library of YouTube videos.
Click here for an Information Sheet for the Partners in Reading YouTube Videos for Tutors