Though the school club has been tutoring students nearly everyday for the past month, Desert Vista High School’s Peer Tutoring Club aimed to spread the news about its services with a grand opening ceremony this week.
The club’s four officers, most of its 11 teacher supervisors, and about 40 student tutors were joined by other students and staff Tuesday afternoon just outside of the school’s cafeteria for the opening.
“As the principal, it just makes me proud to think about the amount of students who will excel because of the individual support from each and every one of you,” Principal Dr. Anna Battle said.
Battle was joined by Tempe Union High School Associate Superintendent Dr. Greg Wyman and Spanish teacher Brian Johnson, the tutoring program’s coordinator.
In four weeks of tutoring, the club has tutored nearly 120 students during its service hours before and after school during the week.
Students interested or in need of tutoring stop by the cafeteria, before and after school on most days to then be paired up with a tutor.
“What’s nice about being in the cafeteria is we’re central and we get a lot of traffic,” Johnson said. “We hope to make (tutoring) accessible.”
Mentioning that the program is still in its early stages, club president Anisha Gupta said she has high hopes for peer tutoring.
“It’s been going well so far, it’s all baby steps,” said Gupta, a junior at Desert Vista. “We’re just getting things rolling and getting the word out.”
In the future, the club is into offering online, real-time, tutoring services that would resemble a video chat for tutoring. A website is also in the works, which would allow students and parents to request particular tutors in addition to a mobile app that would offer the same scheduling benefits.
“Research suggests that peer tutoring can be as effective as tutoring from a teacher, if not more effective, for particular students,” Johnson added. “We want to offer students as many options to be successful.”
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