Inevitably a few students in my full-time NMPD Web Communications classes at SAIT become somewhat overwhelmed with the material, most especially in the 1st year of classes.

SAIT seeks to ease this process through the Learning Skills & Tutoring Program, offering part-time positions for students to tutor others. The only requirement is a grade of B+ in the course being tutored, and instructor approval. The program is an excellent opportunity for those who have survived into the 2nd year to become paid tutors for 1st year students.

Interest in the program from 1st year students is growing, but historically it has gained relatively little involvement from 2nd years (which, to be fair, may be due to the fact that many of them feel they have more than enough work already). It’s also possible that students just aren’t aware of the procedures:

To become a tutor:

Fill out the application form, and then complete the reference form, which will need to be approved by me.

To get a tutor:

Go to MC221 in the Stan Grad Centre on the SAIT Campus (formerly the Heart Building) and check the tutor board, which will list contact information for tutors in the NMPD program.

I encourage 2nd year students who feel that they are up to the task to help others while helping themselves: I should also mention that the experience looks really good on a resume, and that there is nothing quite so effective as a means of fully understanding the material, and learning more about it, than the effort of teaching it.

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