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|Online tutoring program huge success|
Online tutoring for students in grades 4-12 is now offered locally by the Franklin Parish Library. Tutor.com, the leading provider of online, on-demand homework help and tutoring services provide students one-on-help from an online tutor with homework assignments in math, science, social studies and English.
For the month of September, students in Franklin Parish logged on to the Tutor.com website for 392 sessions.
"I'm extremely impressed with the phenomenal number of sessions logged for one month," said Emily Arnold, library director and Tutor.com organizer. "Statistically, the average number of sessions for a community our size is 22 sessions a month. This indicates that the library is providing a service that is much needed for our students."
There will be a party held in the Library Learning Center for parents, grandparents, teachers and students that will offer a live demonstration of the program and some fabulous door prizes.
Organizers of Tutor.com visited local schools to register students for the access numbers needed to sign on to the site. The access numbers listed on the cards are intended for the Tutor.com website only, books cannot be checked out from the Franklin Parish Library.
Students can access the Tutor.com website with their library or access card number from any computer with an Internet connection, as often as they like. There are no usage limitations or software to be downloaded. Students and tutors communicate in an online classroom by instant messaging on a chat board. Math problems, graphs, or other demonstrations are seen on a two-way white board that serves as a virtual chalkboard.
"The tutors do not give students the answers to homework assignments," said Kristy Smith, representative Tutor.com, "rather, they provide tools for the students to apply in order to work through the problem themselves. This builds confidence while also teaching them how to use outside resources."
There is also a post-session survey the students can participate in regarding the benefits of the program. Ninety percent of the students accessing the Tutor.com website through the library in Winnsboro said they would recommend the service to a friend.
"By providing students with one on one help when and where they need it," said Arnold, "the library helps to prevent everyday difficulties from becoming everyday problems."
To access the Tutor.com website, log onto www.franklinparishlibrary.org and click on "Live Homework Help" to choose a grade level and subject. All students, regardless of their ability to pay or geography, can now receive he help they need to succeed in school through the local library.
The Tutor.com program is sponsored by Franklin State Bank, Winnsboro State Bank, and an anonymous library patron.