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|Libraries offer online tutoring for city, parish students|
This week marked the beginning of an after-school tutoring program which will be provided through the Ouachita Parish Public Library system's website.
Ouachita Parish students in grades 4 through 12 will have a tutor available to help them with homework seven days a week, thanks to this new service.
Students are now able to access homework help through the library's website, www.oplib.org, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The tutors are pre-qualified and screened by the national tutoring service tutor.com, and instructed in helping students learn answers for themselves. The tutors guide students through on-line chat and interactive demonstrators on a one-on-one basis in English, social studies, math and science problems.
The parish library system will make available the tutoring service throughout the year thanks to a grant from State Aid to Public Libraries and the Gannett Foundation, with cooperation with the Ouachita Parish Schools and Monroe City School System.
"We're thrilled to offer this innovative service to Ouachita Parish families. We believe that encouraging our children to learn and to finish school is a huge step in the economic development of our area. We hope area businesses will agree, and help us keep this service available through 2009 and beyond," said Cheryl Mouliere, director of the Ouachita Parish Public Library.
To use the service, a student only needs to visit the library's home page and click on the "live homework help" icon. They will be asked to enter a pass code, which they will be issued at the beginning of each semester by their school, or they can enter the numerical code from any Ouachita Parish Public Library card.
Then, the student will be directed to the tutor.com website, which will allow them to request a grade-specific tutor in the subject of their choice. The tutor will sign on through a chat window and a special 'whiteboard' window, which will allow both the student and tutor to interact on the problem.
The identity of each student is protected, and the qualifications and background of every tutor has been thoroughly checked by tutor.com to protect the students, Mouliere said. In addition, tutoring sessions are monitored by the company to ensure appropriate interaction, quality and performance.