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Tutoring Time: Students Helping Students

During the pandemic, many of us lost study skills and cheated our way through most of our classes. Quizlet was our best friend, YouTube was our teachers, and sleeping through class was a regular thing. Once we came back, all of us were behind. None of us knew where to start or how to regain […]

During the pandemic, many of us lost study skills and cheated our way through most of our classes. Quizlet was our best friend, YouTube was our teachers, and sleeping through class was a regular thing. Once we came back, all of us were behind. None of us knew where to start or how to regain the skills we once lost when it came to studying, organizing, and anything having to do with school.

During Club Day in the fall, I saw a new table to campus: the Peer Tutoring Club. Josh Schneider (’22) was sitting at the table trying to get people to join this club that was only established this year.

“Peer tutoring had always been something previously, but the pandemic gave us a chance and time to brainstorm how to bring it back in a more formal way knowing that we would have a lot of need for student support when we got back from the pandemic,” Peer Tutoring Club moderator and Class of 2024 Counselor Mr. Armando Diaz ’94 states.

At the beginning of the year, Mr. Diaz and Josh worked together during KBFT every week and paired tutors and students together to accommodate student needs. “During the fall semester, we just worked with the pair matchings, but we got a lot of requests to offer drop in tutoring where students can come in whenever they choose, which is very similar to what happens at the college level,” Mr. Diaz said.

The club is always improving, and since the second semester has rolled around, there is now “drop in tutoring” on most days of the week.

“There are people sitting in the ARC for one time things for certain subject help,” Josh says.

If you are panicking about how you might be too late to the club, don’t worry — the club takes people on year-round basis. “Students can join anytime and I try to not to say no to any requests. I want to set up a situation where everybody wins. The student who wants or needs help gets that help and the student that wants to help is able to do so,” Mr. Diaz says.

Tutoring has become a part of my weekly schedule. Every Thursday, I help out a future Falcon by tutoring him in English. I was lost at the start of the year, but I have started adapting a way of teaching him in a way that helps him the most. I have found a website that helps me plan out our lessons and make the most out of our time together.

At the end of the day, we should all learn to help others out. That can start by helping a fellow student, being there for someone when they need it, or even just letting someone go before you in the parking lot.

“As a CB community, we need to clean our rooms before we go out and change the world,” Mr. Diaz says.

If you want to join the club to help someone out or be helped out click here!

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