Every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the Carrboro High library, tutoring is in session. Students can find tutoring from teachers, volunteers, parents or other students.
“I come here mostly for math, and it has helped a lot,” said Gabby Ortiz, a junior who regularly comes to these after-school tutoring sessions.
Ortiz said that she usually comes to one of the tutoring sessions each week and has seen an improvement in her grades, especially on tests and quizzes. She also gains a better and more thorough understanding of her classes’ material.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, you can find Elena Peot, CHS senior, in the library tutoring fellow students.
“The National Honors Society requires that you come at least once, so I came once and just never stopped,” said Peot.
Peot started coming to tutoring about two months ago when Ms. Rubenstein suggested that she do so, because everyone is welcome. She tutors in all subjects, with the sole exception of social studies.
Peot thinks it is important for students to know that most of the tutors are qualified to tutor past math levels one and two; most are also able to tutor in AP level classes, and there is no shame in AP stu- dents coming to tutoring.
The number of students at tutoring varies. Peot said that there are usually about 20, but if there is an essay due the next day, then there are often closer to 40 students.
You may also receive help from a UNC Chapel Hill student. Tessa Szalkowski is a UNC student and an Alpha Chi Sigma member. Alpha Chi Sigma is the chemistry fraternity, and tutoring is a service requirement for members. Szalkowski tutors every Tuesday from four to five o’clock, mostly in math and science.
Although she won’t usually work with the same students every session, Szalkowski says that she sees many students making big improvements.
“I have definitely seen students who come here regularly. I’ll see that there is a definite improvement. They are getting good grades on their homework and that sort of thing,” said Szalkowski.
Not only do these tutoring sessions help students in raising their grades, but it is also helping with their social skills, notes Szalkowski. She has seen that students have become more comfortable with asking questions.
“I think that this is an amazing program. I think that it is a way to collaborate with not just older students and teachers, but other students and form study groups,” said Szalkowski.
Overall, Carrboro has improved students’ education by offering a well-round- ed tutoring program. So next time you find yourself feeling confused in class, think about heading to the library after school on a Tuesday or Thursday.
Photo by Levi Hencke