Milwaukee Public Library offers Drop-In Tutoring for adult learners. Tutors are available to help with literacy skills, such as reading, writing, math and studying for tests, including the GED. Tutoring is free and no appointment is needed-it is on a first come basis. This service is available at the Central Library and select branches. Locations, days and times vary. View the current schedule on the right-hand side of this web page.
A resource guide to basic skills, computer skills and tutoring programs for youth and adults.
Our adult learners need your help. Our Adult Drop-In Tutors provide valuable support to individuals looking to improve basic literacy and life skills, including reading comprehension, writing abilities, and basic math. No teaching experience required. Minimum 18 years old. Two hour weekly commitment. Flexible schedule, arrange tutoring times according to your availability. Apply today and make a profound difference in an adult's life.
To become an MPL tutor, you can follow these four easy steps:
1. Complete an online or paper application here.
2. Complete this at-home training video (2-3 hours).
3. Once the application and training video are completed, please email the Tutor Coordinator at LibraryTutors@milwaukee.gov to confirm these steps are complete and to receive more information regarding becoming a tutor at MPL!
4. Come to an in-person orientation at the Central Library (1-2 hours, held bi-monthly). Times and dates will be emailed once the volunteer application and training video are complete.
What to Expect as an MPL Tutor
MPL's Tutoring Program is a Drop-In Program, meaning it is first come, first served. There are no appointments and tutors are not matched with students. There is no MPL Tutoring Curriculum, and tutors help students with whatever their needs are that day. There are times when tutoring can be very slow (no students at all) and times when you may have more than one student at a time. This is discussed more at the in-person orientation.
For more information, please read the Adult Tutor Volunteer Description.
Brainfuse is an online chat where you communicate with a tutor through typed messages. Seven days a week from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., live tutors can assist you Help is available for all grades, from 1st grade to college-level coursework. Subjects range from basic reading and math to chemistry and calculus. Tutoring is available in English and Spanish. This service is available to City of Milwaukee residents with a valid library card. Brainfuse is generously sponsored by The Elizabeth J. Tellier Foundation.
If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, DigitalLearn.org has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.
A new GED Test and Comprehensive GED Program was launched January 2, 2014. For assistance, please contact one of the GED testing sites listed below:
|Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 W. State St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
|SDC Education Center
4041 N. Richards St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
United Migrant Opportunity Services
|YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
1915 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Visit the official GED testing site at www.MyGed.com. Please see your librarian for additional GED resources.