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Support an Adult in Writing for the GED/HiSET: Become a Tutor! Training Provided

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ORGANIZATION: Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library

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Thank you for your interest! This opportunity is part of our general tutoring opportunity to help an adult pass the GED/HiSET exam series, but we are in particular need of tutors to help learners with the writing portion or subject test. The tutoring program is under the Adult Literacy department at Sacramento Public Library, CA.

Level: Many of our learners are starting at approximately an elementary to middle school writing level. Tutors for Writing just need to feel confident in coaching writing and basic editing skillsto help learners reach the high school level and to pass the subject test according to the specific guidelines provided.

This is opportunity is available as a virtual or in-person opportunity, at any of our 28 library branches in Sacramento County. We ask our tutors (and learners) to commit to working together approximately 6 months or longer, as needed to meet the learner's goal(s).

Tutors should feel comfortable helping learners with things like...

  • reading and understanding the prompt/instructions
  • basic brainstorming
  • organization of ideas
  • basic paragraph development and support
  • basic editing for complete sentences, appropriate and consistent verb tense usage, appropriate register of vocabulary (more formal tone rather than texting tone, for example), and basic punctuation.

Ideally, Writing tutors would also help tutor learners with the Reading portion as well since writing and reading skills are interconnected. Learners may need to improve their reading comprehension first--or along with basic writing skills--in order to effectively read and respond to a writing prompt. Working on the Reading portion of the exam would be one way to work on this and help the learner with both portions of the exam.

Being comfortable assisting a learner with test-taking skills and strategies, especially time management in this case, would also be helpful.

Free instructional materials are provided to the tutor and learner.

Pre-service tutor training is required, and ongoing support is provided by staff.

This tutoring opportunity is part of Sacramento Public Library's Adult Literacy program. Learn more about Sacramento Public Library's adult education services and resources here https://www.saclibrary.org/Education/Adult-Education.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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About Adult Literacy Services, Sacramento Public Library


Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Adult Literacy Services is simple: Assist adults in improving their basic literacy skills, thereby empowering them to reach their full potential, create stronger families, and participate more fully in society.


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Our tutoring program is learner-centered, based on each adult learner's personal, literacy-related goals
, such as write an email message, help a child with homework, get a better job, or get a driver license. Annually, we help about 250-350 learners improve their skills and reach their goals with the help of over 200 volunteer tutors who provide 15,000-20,000 instructional hours. Reading-writing and/or English language instructional materials are provided to assist the learner with skill development, but these should be complemented by additional real-life materials, resources, and other practice activities to help the learner achieve their personal goals. Tutors are not expected to stick to a set curriculum or timeline but instead are encouraged to be creative and learn what works best for their learner, and what motivates their learner.


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Multiple locations Sacramento, CA 95814



  • Tutoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Adult Education
  • Reading / Writing


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1.5 to 2 hours of tutoring a week, plus any preparation time to plan for the tutoring session, for about 6 months or longer. Pre-service tutor training is required.
  • Patience and empathy. Flexible mentality/creative thinking a plus. Basic technology skills: email, internet navigation, and Zoom skills or willingness to learn/improve.

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