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Students can tutor each other

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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For some high school students, schoolwork doesn’t come as easily for them as it does for others. Lucky for them, Lincoln High School offers a tutoring center four days a week from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the school’s library. The tutoring center has been at the school for three years, according to tutoring center director/science teacher Marilou Edwards. The idea for the tutoring center came about, Edwards said, after she noticed the number of students studying in her room after school. “A lot of those students were helping other students,” Edwards said. This year, there are 10 student tutors at the center, and four tutors work each day, along with a teacher who supervises the center. Most of the tutors The News Messenger talked to are juniors and seniors. The tutoring center provides a “safe” environment for students to receive help in any subject they are struggling with, Edwards said, and about 70 youth are in the after-school program each day. “That’s important. We have kids struggling so we don’t want them to go to a place that’s intimidating,” Edwards said. “It creates a safe, casual environment. Sometimes, the kids don’t like being tutored by teachers. Sometimes, they relate better to peers.” The tutors are paid $8 an hour. The students apply for the tutoring position the April prior to the school year and are interviewed in May, Edwards said. “Part of our application process is they have to get recommendations from other teachers. The teachers have to e-mail us with what they think of the student and how they do in class,” Edwards said. “Last year, we had four supervisors interview the students because we wanted to see if the students could relate to other students.” The tutors circulate in the library, assisting students as needed with subjects such as math, science and English, according to Edwards. “The process is not only good for people being tutored but good for the tutors because it reinforces what they know,” Edwards said. “A lot of tutors say it’s helped them with their SAT’s.” Menna Hegazi, 15, a Lincoln High junior, said this is her first year as a paid tutor, since she volunteer tutored for the first two years. “I just like seeing when a kid understands (something),” Hegazi said. “I like seeing people improve.” Menna, who said math is her best subjects, tutors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. “I know how excited I feel when I understand something,” Menna said. “It’s nice to see other people go through that feeling, too.” Tutoring offers “a lot of job satisfaction” for senior Zachary Snodgrass, 17. “It’s never fun to be stuck in school and not understand something,” Snodgrass said. “Giving someone else a break is a good thing.” Tutoring was a good job opportunity, Snodgrass said, “with flexible hours.” “I like teaching people and it was a good outlet for that,” Snodgrass said. “It keeps me well-rounded with constant exposure to every subject.” For senior Samantha Linhardt, 17, being a tutor is all about helping others. “ I like seeing the light bulb moment when it clicks and they finally understand (a concept),” Lindhardt said.