COLUMBIA, MO – Columbia College is launching a virtual tutoring program on Thursday, October 1. The program will serve students from preschool to seniors in high school.
Since the beginning of the recent school year, students have struggled to adjust to the virtual learning platform.
The Zeiters live in a split learning household. While older brother Teddy began first grade virtually, and younger brother, Henry Zeiter began kindergarten on a curriculum homeschool. The boys’ parents said that the best way for Henry to learn was with them teaching him themselves.
“I’m really happy that we made this decision. But I know there is a bit of a down side that there’s really no other adults right now he’s going to get to work with in an academic setting, other than us,” parent and adjunct professor at Columbia College, Lindsay Zeiter said. “And so when I heard about the program I saw it as a perfect opportunity to give my Henry a chance to work one on one with somebody other than us. ”
The program will not only benefit young students, but also Columbia College students. The tutoring program was created to help students in need of academic assistance. The tutor will come from the college’s education department.
In the wake of the pandemic, education students had to lose out on state mandated hands-on experience and classroom hours. This program will make up for lost time. Tutors will earn classroom hours for serving as program tutors.
Tutor Kris Poore said, “To double down on it, It’s kind of a win win for students as well. When COVID happened it left a lot of us, where we have to have our certain room experience hours with students. And those hours are mandated by our program and by the state so that we have enough time in the classroom to try to get that hands-on.”
The program will be free of charge and open to Columbia College employees.