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Lilli Dellheim, Special to the Hawk • July 13, 2024

The stigma associated with peer tutoring: Let go of those misconceptions and utilize the resource

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GRAPHIC: GABRIELLA GUZZARDO ’23 /THE HAWK

Peer tutoring and other learning resources are essential tools that can help students succeed in college. However, there is a persistent stigma surrounding students who take advantage of these resources. As a freshman in college, I have witnessed firsthand how students can struggle academically, despite their best efforts.

This issue stems from the mindset that a good grade means the student has fully learned the material, which is ingrained in students during their time in high school. However, college requires continuous and ongoing dedication to succeed academically. As a result, students should not be afraid to seek additional help through tutoring or other resources.

Unfortunately, many students view seeking tutoring as a sign of weakness or ineptitude. This misconception can prevent them from getting the assistance they need to succeed academically. Pursuing greater understanding through tutoring is a sign of self-awareness and a desire to improve. It can increase the productivity of students’ time and reduce the stress levels students have around subjects and assignments they lack confidence in.

The negative stigma, as well as scheduling conflicts and financial constraints, are the main contributors to why students don’t take advantage of peer tutoring services. It is important to break down the stigma surrounding tutoring and other educational resources to encourage students to take advantage of these valuable tools. Seeking additional help is not a sign of failure, but rather a proactive step toward success. By collaborating with a tutor, students can reinforce their learning and develop better study habits. We should encourage and support each other in our pursuit of knowledge and academic success and break down the negative stigma attached to peer tutoring.

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