National Honors Society adjusts to peer tutoring

Dominic H. ’23 and Brendan H. ’22 work on algebra through virtual NHS tutoring. Although they prefer in-person tutoring, they believe that a Google Meet is a good way to still help students who need it.

   As the COVID pandemic progresses, NHS members adapt to the new conditions surrounding peer tutoring.

   What used to be an academic workshop, has turned into peer tutoring. NHS members no longer enter classrooms and, instead, sit in the library during their designated tutoring period. However, with the switch to remote learning, all sessions are conducted virtually through a Google Meet. Students may attend sessions by emailing any of their teachers and asking for the meet link to join during an off period.

   Mrs. Tritz, HHS Librarian, voices how the peer-peer tutoring has adapted to remote learning.

   “You all are so resourceful and I’ve seen you come up with a lot of good ways to mirror your cameras to show your work and, while there are challenges, and it isn’t necessarily the same, you can still get some really positive outcomes from it,” says Tritz.

   Tritz mentions how tutoring been beneficial to those who have already attended.

  “I like to encourage people to try it out and I know there are some people really hesitant to come in for tutoring and to ask but our tutors are wonderful and they want to help, and from what I’ve seen, it looks like the students come away understanding a topic better,” says Tritz.

   Like Tritz, Michaela Sirois ’21, President of NHS, believes that students who attend tutoring sessions can benefit in a multitude of ways.

   “You will get help with your homework and help with studying techniques. Tutors will also share websites or tools they used when they were in that class, and any tips they have if they took the class you’re taking,” says Sirois. 

   Sirois also mentions how although there are obstacles the NHS team has faced, the club and tutoring program has benefitted.

   “People are really willing to help, especially this year during the pandemic, I didn’t think as many people would be eager to reach out and help as there were, so it was a positive in the midst of this year, it was a pleasant surprise,” says Sirois.

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