The success of peer tutoring

CULTURE & SOCIETY

by THE OLBIOS TEAM

Peer tutoring refers to an instructional method that uses pairings of high-performing students to tutor lower-performing students in a class-wide setting or in a common venue outside of school under the supervision of a teacher. The terms “tutoring” and “mentoring” could be used synonymously, as the role of tutor also includes maintaining a supportive and encouraging relationship with the tutee.

Currently, there is sufficient research that documents the benefits of peer tutoring as a supplement to traditional instruction. Peer tutoring has been used across academic subjects, and has been found to result in improvement in academic achievement for a diversity of learners within a wide range of content areas. Common components of peer tutoring programs facilitate both cognitive and social gains in both higher-performing mentors and low-performing mentees in an individualized and positive way.

Students feel more comfortable asking questions in small groups rather than large classes. Peer tutors have indeed often experienced the same difficulties and can help students through the learning process. Tutors can help students develop and improve their study skills and learning strategies, as well as their self-confidence with regard to course material.

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