Tutoring is ‘powerful’ for POP students

In Clinton, Prince of Peace Catholic School senior Lauren Pittman, right, helps out a fellow student during a peer tutoring session Sept. 18.

In Clinton, Prince of Peace Catholic School students have a new resource for keeping up with their studies. This year, the school’s National Honor Society (NHS) members are offering free tutoring and homework help for students in the middle school and high school.  Michelle Halac, dean of students and director of student services, oversees the tutoring program that is offered after school two days each week and daily during an activity period.  Students can drop in to get help with their assignments or catch up on missed assignments due to absences. NHS students rotate their volunteer time to help fellow students.
Halac said the service has been particularly well received especially by the school’s foreign exchange students who often need a little boost in their understanding of the English language.  “Sometimes our foreign exchange students just need help reading through an assignment,” she said.  Several middle school students have also used the service. Halac said that the service may be extended to elementary students in the future.  NHS students are confident their efforts will help others do better in various subjects.
“It’s very rewarding to see the progress that students have made over the last couple weeks and watch as they begin to understand and draw conclusions on their studies,” said NHS member and senior Lauren Pittman.
“Yes, that moment when they ‘get it’ is very powerful,” senior Karlil Atkinson added.
“There is much research that supports the effectiveness of peer tutoring programs,” stated Principal Nancy Peart. “Research has determined that not only is peer tutoring beneficial for those needing extra academic support, but it is also beneficial to the peer tutors. As our faculty clearly knows, teaching is learning! I’m grateful for the energy and enthusiasm that all our students bring to this program.”

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