Become a Tutor

Our tutors offer 90-minutes of weekly instruction to guide learners to greater English-language proficiency. Volunteer Literacy Tutors serve as teachers, mentors, coaches and facilitators to assist learners in advancing in English and achieving their personal life goals. All instruction is in English. Knowledge of another language is not required.

Training & Development

Aquinas Literacy Center offers a comprehensive initial fourteen-hour training for all prospective Volunteer Literacy Tutors. Once volunteers begin tutoring, they are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one professional development opportunity per year. Aquinas Literacy Center offers at least three free on-site professional development opportunities annually. These opportunities include Tutor In-Services, Tutor Roundtables, Tutor Refresher Courses, and Special Workshops.

Tutor Qualifications

  • 18 years of age
  • Reside in Illinois
  • Native or near native English fluency
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be available to tutor for 90-minutes at the same time each week between 9am-8pm Monday – Thursday
  • Prepare lesson plans and complete required paperwork (approximately 30-minutes a week)
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Dependable and prompt
  • Relate well to a variety of people
  • Willingness to maintain learner confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

Some of the best tutors are those who are flexible and friendly, as well as patient and optimistic when working with our learners. We love when our tutors have a sense of humor, too!

Apply to Become a Tutor

To learn more about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor, please call (773) 927-0512 or email

Tutor Workshop Fees

If you would like to pay your tutor workshop fees online, you can do so here.