Tutoring available for struggling students

Learning a new property in math or science may be harder for some students than others.

According to opencolleges.com, peer tutoring began in 1795 by Scotsman Andrew Bell. He believed in the theory that students feel more comfortable and open when interacting with a peer, which increases their initiative to ask questions.

Students who need help need look no further than the high school’s guidance office. Mrs. Karen Shots, guidance secretary, helps connect these students with potential tutors. To contact Mrs. Shotts, simply call 317/889/4000 ext. 308.

“Students can volunteer time or can charge a small fee to help tutor other students corporation wide: elementary, middle, and high school. Students are obligated to work with them and make sure they understand what is going on. Most of the tutors are homework help because a lot of the students really just need help with their homework. For the most part, we just need kids who are patient,” she said.

Peer tutors are able to use their time spent with each student as service hours or opportunities to earn some extra cash.

“Right now, I am tutoring for some extra money so I can save up for college. I am also able to help others, and I am able to be a productive part of the community,” senior Megan Casselman said.

The tutoring program has become popular, and the Guidance office is looking for additional help.

“We are always looking for tutors, specifically people for math, English, and science. We do check for grades, attendance, and discipline to make sure that they are able to tutor. We currently have nine tutors, six who are charging a small fee and three who are doing it for service hours,” Mrs. Shotts said.

Casselman finds tutoring rewarding.

“My love for helping others and have the ability to hone skills, such as communication, have driven me to continue participating in the tutoring program, and I love it,” Casselman said.

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