Positivity through peer tutoring

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Finals are quickly approaching, and peer tutors are here to help. Located in the center for academic success in the university library, peer tutoring is a free service provided Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Papers can be submitted online for review by tutors from the writing studio or Maryville also offers virtual tutoring. Tutors can be found for any major or class on campus.

Kelly Mock, director of the center for academic success and life coaching, has advised the peer tutoring program for seven years and highly recommends students not only take advantage of the free service but also apply to become a tutor themselves.

“This is a way to give back to your peers. Not only does tutoring offer great personal and professional development, but it’s also a way to stay sharp on your knowledge, typically in a content area that may be related to your major. Students will walk away with tangible work skills,” Mock said.

Peer tutors earn minimum wage on campus, but the number of hours provided depends on the award letter each individual receives which includes how much students will make in total for working the whole semester.

Currently, there are 45 peer tutors on campus, but Mock is searching for more due to the influx of students on campus. To become a peer tutor, students need references or referrals from their professors. For more information about applying, contact Kelly Mock.

Taylor Hellman, third-year nursing major, is currently the lead tutor for the writing studio and aside from writing, tutors nursing classes.  

“Peer tutoring adds to the sense of community that we have on campus. I have been peer tutoring for three years, and I love it because students are helping fellow students, and I love the aspect of mutual support that results from that,” Hellman stated. “The entire team of peer tutors is helping students become more successful in their classes, and that creates a chain reaction that leads to the success of many individuals on campus.”

Mock also stated Maryville’s fight to break down the stigma that comes with tutoring.

“We offer roughly 5,000-6,000 hours of tutoring a year, doing whatever we can to help settle some of those barriers. Often times some of our tutors will get tutored in other subjects. We do whatever we can to help promote and support students around this stigma,” Mock said.

The personal benefits of tutoring add to the program, as well. Not only can students receive free help, but they can make lasting friendships and boost their confidence as a tutor or in classes they may struggle in.

“Contrary to what people might think, the best part of tutoring is not when the student tells you they received a good grade on their latest exam. Instead, I believe that the most rewarding moments of tutoring occur when you see someone begin to understand the information during the session,” Hellman stated. “In other words, the sessions offer the most gratification, not what happens afterward.”

Bring your own homework hours are Sunday through Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment with a tutor email peertutors@maryville.edu or call 314.529.9228.

The writing studio, located in the division of student success. Photo courtesy of the writing studio facebook page.
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