The Starke County Library’s Literacy Program has been up and running for several months now, but Director Sheila Urwiler said they are in need of math tutors to assist adult students in need of help with algebra, geometry, and other math subjects.
Urwiler explained that while the library currently has four tutors, most of them don’t feel comfortable helping with math. She said another tutor training session will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m., and anyone interested in becoming a tutor is encouraged to sign up.
“We’re looking for somebody who’s willing to work with another student, an adult student. They’re willing to work with basic reading skills and basic math skills, including algebra and geometry,” said Urwiler.
She went on to explain that tutors do not need any special education or training; rather, they just need to be willing to sit down and spend time with the student to help them through the problems they’re working on.
Urwiler said any adults who would like some assistance with reading or math skills are welcome to sign up for tutoring as well. She explained each student undergoes an evaluation to determine where the tutoring will begin.
“They basically can expect first to go through an evaluation, just to make sure we know where they’re at, and then we ask what their goals are and what it is that they’d like to do; are they looking to just be able to read to their children, are they looking for a better job, are they looking to do their GED, and then we help them to build their lessons based on those goals,” Urwiler said.
This kind of tutoring goes a long way in improving the availability of education for Starke County residents. Urwiler explained that many adults are interested in receiving their GED or improve skills, and this program offers them a leg up in achieving those goals.
“We know that there is a need in this area. A lot of adults in this area are looking for their GED, are looking to improve their skills so they can get better jobs, so we know that there is a need for increased education and we know that a lot of adults prefer to just have a one-on-one. There’s less pressure, they can ask questions,” Urwiler explained.
Anyone interested in becoming a tutor or joining the program can contact Urwiler at (574) 772-7323.