Do I need a social security number?

No.

How much does tutoring cost?

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

When do your classes start and stop?

Most small groups are ongoing.  New students join as they enroll and continue throughout the year unless their schedule changes.

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

It varies.  Sometimes it will only be a couple of weeks.  Other times it can be a month or two.  It depends on how many tutors we have available at the time, which classes have openings and the times you are available to meet.  Usually the more open your schedule is, the quicker we can assign you.  However, we do have a computer lab in our Carrboro office so you can get started learning right away while you’re waiting.

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.

I’m an ESOL student.  Can I have a one-on-one tutor?

We provide one-on-one tutors to ESOL students on a very limited basis, and only if students cannot work with an existing small group.  Research shows that small groups of 3-7 students are more effective for ESOL students than one-on-one tutoring.  If you are a student with specific learning goals, talk with your tutor about including them in the small group work.  Students who have been dedicated to their work with their small group, or in the computer lab, are more likely to receive help with specific requests.

None of your current English groups fit my schedule.  What can I do?

Please contact our ESOL staff to discuss your situation.  They can be reached at 919-914-6153.

My child needs tutoring.  Who can help?

There are a number of very good programs in the area designed for K-12 students.  Contact the Augustine Project , Achievement Academy, or your child’s school counselor.

Do you offer computer courses?

We do have computer classes that we offer on a limited basis.  Please contact our Adult Basic Education staff at 919-636-4457 to find out when the next session will be held.

Where will I meet with a tutor or small group?

Our tutors/groups meet in various locations throughout Orange County including our Carrboro office, local libraries, churches, and businesses, the Senior Centers, and more.  We will work with you to try to find a location that is convenient for you to get to.

I see you only have an office in Carrboro.  If I live in Hillsborough or other parts of the county, do I have to come to your office for services?

If you live in Hillsborough or other areas of Orange County, we can try to arrange to meet you somewhere convenient for you in order to do testing.  We’ll also try to arrange for you to meet with a tutor or small group in your area.