Students often care so much about their grade, yet they don’t care enough to get help from National Honor Society students. Throughout every free block on any given school day, two to three NHS students give up their time to help tutor others in need. The only problem is that no one seeks help. This has raised many questions to students and faculty, so where do we go next?
Mrs. Davenport, the Dean of Students at Westwood High School, expressed the goal of National Honor Society Peer Tutoring when she said, “NHS Peer Tutoring is simply getting tutored from a peer rather than the other alternatives such as Math Seminar and Writing Lab. Rather than working with an adult with a particular assignment or problem, you have a student who self selects him or himself as an expert in a particular subject area who is available to help you every day.”
Why wait in long lines at Math Seminar or Writing Lab when you can get help instantly from NHS students? I can recall a countless number of times where I have shown up at Math Seminar seeing a line as long as Chick – Fil – A on its grand opening.
It took me a solid two minutes to figure out where the guidance office was freshman year, so I’m sure that many other students in the school, including freshmen, can do the same. NHS Peer Tutoring can’t hurt, and advisor, Mrs. Bresnick, truly believes this, “Every block has 2 – 3 peer tutors staffed and they are reading to help with either Humanities-based subject or a math- science-based subject. We simply need customers. That’s the problem we’re having. Not enough people know about peer tutoring or where to go for peer tutoring,” Mrs. Bresnick said.
Dan O’Connor, a hard working student at Westwood High School, said, “I would have had a 4.5 GPA if I went to NHS Peer Tutoring. School is that simple, I would know everything with that additional help.” Now whether or not he’s exaggerating on this, he is still right. Peer Tutoring can provide students with unlimited resources that math and english teachers do not always have the time or schedule to provide.
Current NHS Treasurer, Mark Horsfall, believes peer tutoring would not only be helpful for the students who need help, but also for the ones who are there to tutor: “I’ve only had to tutor one kid, but I found it really useful being able to touch up on some of my geometry skills. It was fun helping out, I would have used peer tutoring all the time throughout highschool if I knew about it,” Mark stated.
It’s time to get our thinking cap on and turn students grades around! There’s so much more to gain if you take one block out of your day to get help from an NHS Student, so be the change.
To all the adults reading this, Mrs. Davenport is confident that you can be a part in making this happen, “I think the adults in the school could do a better job in encouraging students to access that resource in a more structured way. We need to be more prescriptive to students enforcing it better,” Davenport expressed. NHS Peer Tutoring is a wonderful idea presented, so now it’s your turn to seek help and strive for that A. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity!