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|Franklin Parish Library to offer free online tutoring|
For students in Franklin Parish, help with homework assignments will soon be just a click away!
Tutor.com is an interactive online tutorial program that will be offered through the Franklin Parish Library Aug. 1 and can be accessed by any student with a library card. The program provides students in grades 4-12 and early college, real-time one-on-one help with homework assignments in math, science, social studies and English.
"We're really excited about this program," said library board vice-president Johnny Guice on Monday night as he addressed the Franklin Parish School Board. "And the best part, we've already secured the funding for the first two years. Winnsboro State Bank and Franklin State Bank, as well as an anonymous library patron have agreed to fund the program for the first two years."
In a live demonstration held at the Learning Center recently, community leaders and library board members were guided through the steps of logging into the program. Students will visit the Franklin Parish Library website and click on the Live Homework Help access page to choose a grade level and subject. There is no software to be downloaded and users can log on with the number printed on their library cards from any computer, public or private.
"The tutors do not give students the answers to homework assignments," said Kristy Smith, representative for Tutor.com, "rather, they provide tools for the students to apply themselves in order to work through the problem. This builds confidence while also teaching them how to use outside resources."
Students and tutors communicate real-time in an online classroom using instant messaging and a two-way white board that serves as a virtual chalkboard. Students and tutors also have the ability to share useful web pages and file sharing to facilitate the learning process.
"Due to technology, libraries are ever-changing and it's not the same library it was fifty years ago," said library director Emily Arnold. "This is an opportunity for us to be on the cutting edge while providing an outstanding service such as Tutor.com to the students in Franklin Parish."
All children, regardless of their ability to pay or geography, can now receive the help they need to succeed in school through their local library. Students can use the service seven days a week, as frequently as they like, there are no limitations.
Clarification: Johnny Guice of Winnsboro, library board vice-president, is not John Guice of Monroe, attorney for the school board.