Students are Paid $6.69
an Hour and Must Tutor in the Presence of an Adult Who Can Verify How Time Was Spent
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peer tutoring works
Peer Tutoring is an official activity when
Boise State University's TRIO leaders write grants to continue their
pre-college Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs.
High achievers, students
getting As and Bs, are invited to train as tutors for peers in subjects in
which they excel. They tend to be juniors and seniors. Their Upward Bound
teachers, who share in managing the program, who encourage students to
enter the peer-tutoring program, also look for students skilled at
interacting with other students, and good at communicating.
Pay and conditions for tutoring
Students are paid $6.69 an
hour for tutoring, which must be in the presence of an adult who can
verify how the time was spent. The verifying adult can be a librarian,
staff member or parent.
Tutors can offer their services for any subject
in which they excel. Student peer tutors are responsible for marketing
themselves, either informally by word of mouth, or with posters. One
tutor's poster reads: "Math, Science, English tutoring Tuesdays and
Thursdays in the School Library, 3 to 4 p.m.; other times by
Also, the BSU TRIO leaders help by sending out to
parents lists of tutors, their home phone numbers, the school they
attend, and their best subjects for tutoring.
During summer Upward Bound intensive programs at
BSU, tutors are available during daily study table times.
Average time for
25 tutors is 5 to 10 hours a week for $33 to $66
In all 20 peer tutors serve the BSU's
pre-college TRIO programs at Caldwell, Homedale, Melba, Nampa, Notus,
Parma, Vallivue and Wilder High Schools. Students average five to 10 hours
a week for pay of $33 to $66 and something special to add to their
resumes. In addition, they earn the satisfaction of helping peers, and of
reinforcing their own learning.
How do the peer tutors know how they are doing?
The biggest test is in improvement of grades for students they tutor, a
key indicator. (See Student stories).
Peer tutors only exist in high schools with TRIO programs, so their local
TRIO teacher/education specialist is involved in his/her students' progress. They monitor
self-assessments peer tutors fill out indicating how they feel they are
doing, and also citing any problems with which they need help with. Peer
tutors are always welcome to call their teachers for advice or help.
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Magda Murillo (left) likes being
tutored by Ashley Cardona because "She understood what I was talking