Prep Talk

Peer Tutoring Kicks Off Monday, September 17

Posted September 14th, 2012


The National Honor Society is offering three different types of academic assistance:

  1. Traditional Drop In – Students are encouraged to drop into the Help Room and ask questions.
  2. Match Program – A student can be matched with a NHS member and work out a schedule that is convenient for both.  The student should see Mrs. Coyle in the Scarpa building to make arrangements.
  3. Writing LabNEW program! Students can have their papers reviewed by some of the Prep’s best writers.  The writing lab will be open three sessions per week.

Schedule: No appointments necessary

Drop in

AM – Monday through Friday 7:45 – 8:15am in room 24.

PM – Tuesday through Thursday 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm in Room 22.

Writing Lab –located in the media center

AM – Wednesdays – 7:45am – 8:15am

PM – Tuesdays and Thursdays – 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Advantages to working with a peer tutor:

  • Peer tutors have often had the same or similar struggles as their tutee. They understand the frustrations that your son may be feeling, and they understand the potential roadblocks to success. They can help the student address those difficulties.
  • Peer tutors “speak the same language” and can connect with the student.
  • Peer tutors serve as role models for their student tutees.
  • Because your son is working with another student, he may be less anxious and less afraid of asking a “stupid” question. He may be more forthcoming with expressing his difficulties, which will help the tutor address those areas.
  • Students often feel more of a sense of partnership in working with a peer tutor because there is less distance between the tutor and the tutee.
  • Peer tutors often have great energy and enthusiasm for what they do because it is a new function for them. They are drawn to tutoring because they want to help others, and they want to do the job well.
  • Peer tutors help the student to work toward self-responsibility and self-direction. They do not want to create a situation of dependency. The goal is to help the tutee learn not only the subject matter, but how to learn and approach new material.
  • Peer tutors often provide social support as well as academic support. Tutors and their tutees often become friends.

If you have any questions, contact:

Mrs. Brooke Coyle