Peer Tutoring

If a student is experiencing difficulty with school work, it is recommended that he/she meet with the classroom teacher for extra help. All of ESA’s teachers are available for extra help – each has their own schedule and most meet students by appointment. Another option to support a student who is having difficulty in a subject like math, theory, science, English or French, is peer tutoring. In consultation with the teachers, guidance counsellors draw up a tutor list from the grade 10-12 student population. These tutors are available to students who may require extra help in a given subject area. 

Tutoring occurs either at lunch or before or after school for approximately 50 minutes a session. The tutors are paid $10 per session or earn community service hours for their tutoring services.

In addition to the Peer Tutoring program, the Student Services Department also has a list of tutors and tutoring agencies. Parents are asked to check the references of all tutors before they meet with the student.

Students who need tutoring should make an appointment with their counsellor at Student Services to explore their options.

How does a student get a peer tutor?
A student should meet with a guidance counselor to request a tutor and she will arrange the initial meeting with the peer tutor. Students and their peer tutors are partnered based on their mutual availability. There is a Peer Tutor Request form that students can pick up in Student Services that needs to be completed and signed by the parent/guardian and the student.

How are peer tutors selected?
Peer tutors are students in grades 10-12 who are recommended by their teachers or self-identify their interest in tutoring. Our peer tutors attend a training session in the fall and they must maintain a strong academic standing in the subjects that they are tutoring.

Is there a cost for peer tutoring?
Many of our peer tutors earn volunteer hours for their services and in these situations there is no charge to the student being tutored. However, some do peer tutor for a $10.00/session charge.  A session is typically 50 minutes in length. These options are discussed with the student and their guidance counselor prior to selecting a tutor.