Literary Volunteers of Delaware and Otsego Counties
Teaching Essential Skills

Becoming a Student

Build the Skills You Need to Succeed

Looking to Build Skills?

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We provide free help for adults who want to improve their basic literacy skills. We match tutors with those in need of basic reading, writing, math, or English-as-a-second-language skills. Tutors and students meet at a public location and a time most convenient for them. All contact between the tutors, students and LVODC remains strictly confidential. 

You are not alone. According to ProLiteracy.org, “More than 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level.” In Otsego County, an estimated10% of adults 25 years of age and over lack a high school diploma or its equivalent, and of those, perhaps 1,000 have no more than an 8th grade education. If you are among those who struggle with English or math literacy, tutoring is a great first step toward your goals, whether you want to apply for a job, read to your kids at night, or simply use the internet. We understand that it’s hard to live in today’s world without the ability to read, write, or speak English with confidence, and we provide a supportive and judgment-free zone where you can focus on learning and take your life to the next level! 

If you would like to be tutored in one of our subject areas, or if you know an adult who would like weekly tutoring, contact Eva Davidson, our Program Coordinator, at lvodc607@gmail.com, or call her at (607) 287-0036


Learn With Us!


Reading & Writing

ESTABLISH THE FUNDAMENTALS

Build on what you already know

read more proficiently

Gain Confidence in your writing



GED & Math

CONQUER BASIC ARITHMETIC

REVIEW AND LEARN THE MATERIAL

GAIN EFFECTIVE STUDY SKILLS

 



English Language

English FOR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS

PRACTICE SPEAKING iN A RELAXED ENVIRONMENT

LEARN REading and writing SKILLS

 


The Details

If you are 16 years of age or over, you may contact the Program Coordinator of LVODC directly for tutoring, or you may be referred by an agency, employer, academic program, friend, or family member. After a confidential interview and placement tests to verify that our services are appropriate for your needs, you will be matched with a local tutor. You and your tutor will exchange contact information and arrange to meet weekly in a mutually convenient public place, such as a library or coffee shop, for one-and-a-half to two hours. You must agree to be retested periodically to measure your progress and to identify areas needing additional work. 

Together you and your tutor identify your learning goals and needs, and your tutor fashions lessons tailored to these. The goals of our students vary.  Some students may want to learn how to read to a child or help with homework. Others may want to earn a High School Equivalency (also known as the TASC or GED).  Some of our students would like new employment but lack appropriate reading, writing, or math skills. ESOL students may wish to understand and be understood in English to order to navigate daily life in the United States, gain employment, communicate with their children’s teachers, gain a driver’s license, or even prepare for the citizenship exam. A separate conversation group to allow practice in spoken English as well as cross-cultural exchange for native speakers of other languages is offered at 9:30 on Tuesday mornings at Center Street School in Oneonta.

If you would like to be tutored in one of our subject areas, or if you know an adult who would like weekly tutoring, contact Eva Davidson, our Program Coordinator, at lvodc607@gmail.com, or call her at (607) 287-0036