More than tutoring
The program not only provides one-on-one help, it provides ongoing support and gives kids and teens a quiet place to do their schoolwork.
Program data shows students feel more comfortable getting help once they’ve experienced how much the program can do – some seek out the same tutor every week.
“I know I’ve worked with at least one student over the past few years who started out with little or no confidence in her ability to do math and feared trying, and now shows none of that reticence,” one tutor said in a volunteer survey.
Katherine Debertin, the program coordinator, said for this academic year, the library is pulling together study tool kits for students that will help with their sometimes long homework sessions. The kits will include things like seat cushions, ear plugs, and Google Chromebooks so students can access school files and the Internet while studying at the library.
By the numbers
According to student and volunteer surveys, the library’s Homework Help program has yielded mostly positive results. During the 2015-16 academic year:
- 1,473 students attended 11,993 tutoring sessions
- 82 percent of students said they are more motivated to do well in school after meeting with tutors
- 86 percent of students said they are more confident in school because of Homework Help
Debertin said connections like these are essential to kids maintaining interest in their schoolwork.
“It’s important for kids and teens to keep their momentum in school and have relationships with community members,” she said.