Molly McInerney ’15
The lore of Spanish 4AP reached me long before I ever stepped into the classroom on the first day. No doubt this class presented a challenge. Just a few weeks into the class with my grades suffering heavily in my crucial junior year, I decided to be proactive and get a tutor.
Many private tutors can be expensive: anywhere from $40 to $100 per session. Instead I opted to go in search of a free tutor through SI. With no past experience of needing a tutor, I didn't know much about how to get one. However, like Ana Murphy ’15 said, “I was under the impression you can just go to the Learning Center, right?" Yet, the Learning Center surprisingly does not offer tutors. They direct you to the resource rooms. My problem wasn't that I wanted help on just a few problems; I needed someone consistent to help me.
Besides resource rooms, the Learning Center also suggested talking to Ms. Quattrin. Since I wanted a tutor for Spanish and she was a math teacher, I didn't quite see how that would do me any good. I learned that Ms. Quattrin directs SI's little known tutoring program through her role as moderator of CSF. California Scholarship Federation is a group of academically qualified students that register each semester to be a part of the organization that celebrates good grades and tutors other students. Not only is the tutoring program successful in providing help for students in need, Ms. Murphy, whose has used the program to help some of her own students, added, "I have witnessed many friendships form due to the generosity of the CSF tutor helping out."
Registration for CSF ends on September 25th, and tutors should become available after that. This resource while less well known, can be incredibly helpful for any struggling students in need of help on a continuing basis. CSF peer tutoring focuses on a key idea often overlooked: that, in fact, our peers can often be the best teachers of all. In the future, I will be sure to use this resource.
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