Enloe student starts free tutoring service for classmates falling behind with virtual learning
Posted November 13, 2020 6:29 a.m. EST
Updated November 13, 2020 8:37 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — A team of students have stepped up to help their classmates at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh.
Ishan Shah, a senior and president of the school’s Key Club, realized that many of his classmates who might normally keep up with classroom lessons were falling behind with virtual learning from their homes.
"It’s really difficult to adjust to a type of learning that nobody has really experienced before in their life," said Shah.
As a member of Key Club, one of the school’s service organizations, Shah decided an important service project was to help classmates who would normally seek support in-person with their teachers or classmates.
"With COVID-19, collaboration and interaction and discussion, all of that just went out the door," Shah said. "It’s really difficult to sit in front of the computer all day and pay attention and it is so easy to get distracted at home."
Professional tutoring can cost more than some families can afford, so Shah organized a free service with the help of other service-minded students.
"We could pool the collective talents of our students and help each other," said Shah, who partnered with other service club organizations at Enloe, including the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. About 70 student tutors now meet with about 60 classmates online to help them in a variety of subjects.
Feedback has been positive.
One student wrote, "All of my tutors have been extremely patient and helpful. Many provide extra resources."
Another wrote, "Remote learning has been a huge change for me. With this additional help, I have been able to stay on top of my classes and receive additional assistance."
Shah says his teachers always try to be available for help, "but being able to talk to another student is a much more comfortable connection."
Even when pandemic restrictions are lifted and more students return to school classrooms, Shah believes the free virtual tutoring service will still be a useful resource.