Traditional classroom teaching is the standard of education. However, there may be some students who feel uncomfortable approaching their teachers and may feel more at ease if they ask for assistance from their peers. There are two types of student-to-student tutoring methods that are supplements to classroom learning: peer tutoring between same-age students and cross-age tutoring between different-age children. Cross-age tutoring programs in which the tutor is 2–3 years older than the tutee have been reported to be more effective than those between same-age students in promoting student responsibility, empowerment and academic performance. A pilot online cross-age tutoring program was launched in September 2014 at Crescent School. A new website was designed, created and implemented with the permission and regular monitoring of the Student Services faculty for the online program – Crescent School Virtual Learning (vLearning). The program was well received and will undergo evaluation in the future.
Ms. Jennifer Ferguson (BA, BEd), Middle School Student Services, is the senior supervisor of vLearning. We would like to thank Mr. Aaron Dion (BA, BEd), Head of the Middle School, for his continued support of the program in addition to all of the tutors on the vLearning team.
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