A Quiet Start For Peer Tutors

Despite a warm welcome to students, Peer Tutoring lacks student attendance and reception.

The service, provided by the National Honors Society, is located in the Guidance Office as a way to provide help to students in various school subjects. NHS members are assigned to cover all subjects, excluding the Fine and Performing Arts.

As students entered the seemingly intimidating hallways and classrooms of Westwood High School in September, it may have been daunting to go to teachers, Math Seminar or the Writing Lab for help. According to the tutors, Peer Tutoring might be more comfortable for students, especially underclassmen, to go to peers for extra help rather than a teacher. Peer tutor, Brian Foley, stated that tutors are supposed to be seen as welcoming and approachable.

Results show that strong welcome has been met with no avail. While the very qualified NHS students, who need a minimum of a 3.58 GPA to be inducted, wait patiently for someone to enter the Guidance Office, tutors report that very few students have come looking for help.

Foley, along with tutors Jimmy Damaskos and Bobby Riccio, said that Peer Tutoring is a “leadership role” and is part of “giving back.”

Senior and peer tutor Simone Nevills commented, “[Peer tutoring] is not well advertised” and if a student was really struggling in a subject, “parents will pay for a tutor.” Also, seniors Nikki Ready and Katie Reardon commented that although it is a “good option, no takes advantage maybe because they don’t want others to know that they need it.”

According to NHS Vice President Emily Dukeman, “We are trying to get the word out to more kids in the school through social media and posters around the school. I know that when I was a freshman I had no idea that peer tutoring even existed so we are really hoping to change that.”

Deborah Getachew

Senior at Westwood Highschool

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