OPINION: Tutoring has an unfair stigma


For many students, the transition from high school to college is a rather large one, and part of this transition may include experiencing large lectures for the first time.

Some students take to this change rather well, while others struggle with this new learning environment. Although many resources are available to help students with their academics, some students shy away from resources such as tutoring due to a perceived negative stigma.

The biggest cause of tutoring’s bad reputation is that tutoring in high school is relatively uncommon, typically reserved for students who are majorly struggling. This perception that tutoring is a service exclusively for students who are failing classes often carries over from high school to college, causing students who may need tutoring to refuse help.

The reality of college tutoring is that many students receive additional help in their classes, even if they aren’t in danger of failing.

Other myths about tutoring include fears that the sessions might be boring, or that you won’t be able to ask questions in a group setting. As someone who has both received and offered tutoring services, I can attest to the fact that tutoring is surprisingly fun.

The tutors employed by Holtz Hall have all taken the classes they tutor and understand the struggles that come with different professors and material.

As mentioned before, another concern regarding tutoring is that a group tutoring session may leave many students’ questions unanswered. While a 50-minute session may not be sufficient to answer all questions that students may have, the tutors who have helped me in the past (and my current co-workers) have been extremely helpful outside of tutoring hours.

Many tutors are willing to meet with students outside of scheduled times, as well as answer any questions sent via electronic communication.

Overall, the tutoring services offered by Kansas State are a very useful resource that can be used to reach a desired grade in a class, no matter how challenging the road to getting said grade may be. Whether a student is trying to salvage a failing grade or simply keep their A, tutoring offers an environment that promotes further learning and a greater understanding of class material.

Becoming a tutor helped enhance my college experience, and it is my hope that more students are willing to give tutoring a try.

Jason DeFisher is a junior in animal sciences and industry. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.