House of Tutors

Imagine walking into a quiet zone where students are studying together with open textbooks, pointing at diagrams and different concepts in the book discussing the lesson for a better understanding.

During summer registration, Grade Level Coordinators (GLCs) ask students if they are interested in tutoring after school and which subjects they would like to tutor.

“I like to help people. I like to break it down for people who aren’t really able to understand the lesson,” junior Mia Tran said. “I’ve always been into [helping others] since middle school, so I’m learning that there’s no such thing as saying, “no time for anything,” and making time for what you like.”

Student tutors stay after school starting from 3 p.m. in the library to help any students that have problems understanding a subject. Every six weeks, GLCs run their list of students that appear to struggle academically. If they notice a student is struggling with a certain subject, they recommend students to tutoring for academic support.

“[The program] is a great resource for them. It gives them that support that they need to be successful academically if they use it appropriately. I also think that it gets them comfortable going and looking for resources,” GLC Jenny Alegre said. “I feel like if you start practicing that now in high school [and] say ‘I’m comfortable studying in a public area and asking for help,’ that’s good practice to take that skill and use it in college.”

By receiving help from student tutors, students are able to take this experience and apply this skill to their future academic classes. This skill helps students look for resources such as tools to use in studies by having a better understanding. This program also helps student tutors develop new skills such as patience, time management and understanding that everyone learns differently at their own pace.

“Everyone is different; therefore, everyone’s learning style is different. I have to adjust the way I teach something and teach them in a way that they’ll learn the best and the way that they are receptive,” senior Kayla Wong said. “[Tutoring is] hard, but I think a lot of it is delegating your time.”

By Mia Nam, Staff writer
Photo by Mia Nam