What's one thing you want people to know about Peer Tutoring? "It's the best!," say Amanda Simmons '17 and Sara Silber '17. The Peer Tutoring Center is open during SHAM every Tuesdaythrough Friday to help any student with any subject.
All 11th or 12th grade students are welcome to apply to be a tutor. "The application has questions about why you want to be a tutor, what subjects you can do, and why you feel peer tutoring is important," shares Thea Hurwitz '18.
This year's 21 tutors began the year by preparing and training for their role. "We have training sessions before the Peer Tutoring Center kicks off, in which we go through practice scenarios and facilitate discussions on what makes a good session," says faculty sponsor Fiona Riley. "We focus on ways to get the tutee to get to an answer or concept themselves rather than just telling it to them." Now that they're up and running, students from any grade can drop in to A202 (across from the Admissions Office) during SHAM for help on any subject. No need to sign up beforehand—they're always there to help!
In addition to their tutoring work, the students running the center also host open mic nights, which are popular evenings for students to display their talents in a super-supportive environment. They started these events to draw attention to the Peer Tutoring Center, which is now in its third year, and to create a greater sense of community at Field. "It also helped make us approachable," says Julia Gutman '17, "because last year we had to perform and we made complete fools out of ourselves doing a Spongebob song." Putting themselves out there makes the tutor/tutee relationship less intimidating and—the tutors hope—will help welcome students in to the tutoring center.
Speaking of super-supportive environments, peer tutors pride themselves on creating a fun, friendly, and welcoming space at the tutoring center. "It's a really open environment," says student tutor Daniela Bernstein '17. "There's no judgement or pressure," Julia adds.
If you're having trouble with a word problem, lab report, or history lesson—make the Peer Tutoring Center your first stop! As Daniela says, "We're really excited to help people!"