Five of the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement's peer tutors were recently recognized for their excellence by the New England Peer Tutoring Association and asked to present at the organization’s annual conference, held Feb. 7 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Kayla Andrade ’15, Ryann Graves ’16, Praveen Jain ’17, Victoria Pace ’15 and Morgan Pillar ’15 (pictured right) collaborated on three presentations that addressed ways of improving the effectiveness of peer tutoring. The NEPTA annual conference is unique because it is for peer tutors and presented by peer tutors. Administrators and peer tutors are separated for the day to attend four consecutive sessions of presentations (either peer tutor-led or led by administrators).
The Stonehill peer tutors said their experience not only gave them valuable experience presenting in a professional setting but also exposed them to new ideas that will further enhance their ability to tutor fellow students.
“Being able to share the knowledge I have gained from three years of tutoring was extremely rewarding,” said Kayla, a biology and psychology double major. “I also loved picking up new tips from other tutors. Seeing the passion shared by the group of students that attend NEPTA makes the conference worthwhile.”
She and Praveen made their presentation on effective communication and listening skills. Morgan and Ryann presented on how to help students avoid the temptation to procrastinate and Victoria’s presentation focused on the challenges of tutoring foreign language students.
“Part of being a peer tutor is sharing the knowledge and lessons you have learned along the way with your fellow tutors,” says Morgan, a psychology major who was presenting for the second year in a row. “Being able to present at NEPTA these past two years has given me confidence in myself that has ultimately made me a better communicator, tutor and student.”
This was the third year in which Stonehill peer tutors have attending this annual event.
“These peer tutors have made such an impact on the students they tutor here at the College,” said CWAA Director Devon Sprague, who worked with CWAA Coordinator Susan Wall to secure the funding needed for the group to attend the conference. “NEPTA has given them the opportunity to share what they've learned about peer tutoring with others who face the same challenges and successes.”