Tutor working with an adult learner.
Class tutor working with an adult learner.

1. What type of tutoring do you offer?

One-to-one tutors help each learner work toward their goals of basic reading, writing, computing, and GED.

2. What small group classes do you offer?

We offer Small Group Classes for English as a second language (Talk Time), adult literacy, GED, computing, and citizenship. Contact us for a current class schedule.

3. What is Talk Time?

Talk Time is a small group class for learners practicing English as a second language. Here you will practice speaking, listening, writing, and reading in English. All levels are welcome.

4. How often do one-to-one tutors meet with learners?

We ask pairs to commit to meeting two times a week, 90 minutes per session, for one year.

5. How often do small group classes meet?

Classes are offered in six week sessions during most school quarters. You may join a class at any time.

6. Where do tutor/learner pairs meet?

Pairs meet at public locations throughout Whatcom County including libraries, grocery stores, coffee shops and more. Coordinators will assist in finding a convenient location.

7. Where do small group classes meet?

Classes are held in Bellingham and around Whatcom County, including in Ferndale, Lynden, and Kendall. Many classes are held at a public library.

8. How much do tutoring and classes cost?

All of our tutoring services and small group classes are free.  We do not charge for tutors, materials or supplies.

9. Do tutors receive training?

Tutors are volunteers and they are required to complete an interview and training before being placed as a tutor.

10. Do I need a social security number to enroll?

No.

11. How do I get started?

Call our office to set up an appointment for a one-to-one tutoring orientation or for the current list of small group classes.

12. How long does it take to be matched with a tutor or to be added to a class?

It varies.  Sometimes it will only be a couple of weeks.  Other times it can be a month or longer.  It depends on how many tutors we have available at the time, which classes are going on and the times you are available to meet.  Usually the more open your schedule is, the quicker we can place you.

13. How large are your Small Group Classes?

Our groups typically range from 3-12 students.

14. How long will it take to get my GED?

Unfortunately, we can’t give you an exact answer.  How long it takes to get a GED depends on many factors including your current reading and math level, how long it’s been since you were in school, and how much time you can devote to studying outside of class.

For someone who has only been out of school a couple of years, has lots of time to study, and is reading at a high school level, getting a GED can take from 6 months to a year.

For someone who has been out of school for many years, doesn’t have much time to study, and has difficulty reading, it could take many years to get a GED.

Once you come in for pre-testing and we get to know more about you and your situation, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of how long getting a GED might take you.

15. Can I have a one-on-one tutor and attend Small Group Classes?

Yes. We encourage learners to explore as multiple options of study to progress toward goals more quickly.

16. None of your current Small Group Classes fit my schedule. What can I do?

Please contact our staff to discuss your situation. We can be reached at (360) 752-8678. To speak in Spanish, ask for Summer or Keeley.