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“Study on Sunday” offers peer-to-peer teaching, place for professional experience

When senior Candis Rooker graduates in two weeks and eventually gets hired as a teacher, she’ll have had plenty of practice in the field.

Rooker was just one the many student tutors providing their services at the Learning Commons during its “Study on Sunday” event this past weekend.

“I’m going to be a teacher,” Rooker said. “It’s a good way to keep up with content knowledge.”

Mark Nelson, director of The Learning Commons, said it has been putting on SOS once a semester since 2011. The event always occurs during finals week.

SOS is meant to give students one place where they can get help in whatever area they need help in, with tutors for every subject and writing consultations available.

“One of our goals for the Learning Commons is being a one-stop shop,” Nelson said. “There’s kind of a sense of community in the Learning Commons.”

Rooker, who has been involved in the Learning Commons since she was a sophomore, said one of the best aspects about peer tutoring is the ability to relate.

“The students know we’re students as well,” Rooker said. “We will have a better idea of struggles students who come in will have.”

Proof of this is student Hayley Sheffield, who said she enjoys being taught by fellow students.

“I know [the tutors] are on the same level as me,” Sheffield said. “They just know how to explain it better.”

Freshman Abdoulie Jaiteh attended SOS, and said he enjoys studying on Sundays in general.

“It’s like a review for the next day,” Jaiteh said.

Jaiteh said having academic resources in one place helps a great deal.

“I feel like sometimes you have people who have some disadvantages having resources,” Jaiteh said. “This helps us a lot.”

At its core, tutoring at the Learning Commons is practice for education majors like Rooker, who said it’s just good to help.

“It gives students a better option to come in and get help,” Rooker said. “They’re glad to have the extra help.”

And students have been taking advantage of this extra help. Nelson said they have had on average 200-250 students each SOS. This year, they expect around 300.

While Rooker’s journey at the University is soon coming to an end, The Learning Commons will still be here for students to take advantage of it.

“Even without exams coming up, students know where to go regardless,” Rooker said. “They can come to our location in the library to get help.”

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