Not only have I learned valuable new skills as a tutor, but I have been inspired by the students I have met.

-STAR Literacy Tutor

  • Excellent command of the English language, both written and oral
  • Grade 12 education or equivalent
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Patient, enthusiastic, creative
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Supportive, flexible, dependable, non-judgmental
  • Police Security Check
  • Provide references


  • Attend New tutor training
  • Attend professional development opportunities
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of learner
  • Plan and instruct individualized, relevant lessons
  • Involve learner in choosing materials and evaluating lessons
  • Write and sign a contract with your student detailing goals of tutoring
  • Provide Literacy Coordinator with accurate documentation (tutoring hours, activities, student progress etc.) every 2 months.
  • Notify student if unable to attend tutoring, for whatever reason
  • Notify Literacy Coordinator of any problems or of termination of lessons


All tutors are expected to attend a 6-hour training course for new tutors. Some of the topics covered in training are:

  • Working with adult learners
  • Learning styles
  • Teaching reading
  • Working with English language learners

Throughout the school year (September-June) there are professional development opportunities offered for all tutors. The topics of the workshops depend on the needs of the learners. It is important that tutors let the coordinator know of any areas they think would be helpful to them.


STAR Literacy has a library of resources available for tutors to use in planning lessons. The coordinator is always open to going through resources with tutors and helping to develop lesson plans.

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