How to Organize a Peer Tutoring Group

Peer tutoring groups allow children to learn and work together. Sometimes a friend can be the motivator and teacher your child needs. This article provides tips for forming and running a peer study group so that it benefits all the students involved. Read on to learn more.

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Not all children learn best working one-on-one with a professional tutor. Some children learn better in a collaborative environment. Working with other children with similar difficulties can help them realize that they are not the only ones struggling, which is often reassuring. Another benefit of participating in a peer tutoring group is the opportunity to develop positive social skills by working together towards a shared goal.

Some schools offer after-school tutoring sessions that allow students to work together. If your school does not provide this type of program, suggest that one be started. You could also form your own group with children from you child's class or children in your neighborhood.

How to Get Started

  • Decide what subject or subjects your child needs help with.
  • Ask your child's teacher if he or she could schedule a meeting with other parents of children who may be struggling with the same subject.
  • Ask other parents to meet to discuss creating a peer tutoring group.
  • Decide how many students should be in the peer tutoring group.
  • Decide where and how often the group should meet.
  • Decide if the group should be led by one of the parents or an older child like a high school student.
  • Make a list of contact information of all the parents that are participating.

Peer tutoring can also help students with various learning and social difficulties. According to Jane Brunette of Reading Rockets, www.readingrockets.org, researchers have found that peer tutoring is an effective strategy of teaching reading to students with learning disabilities.

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