Free peer tutoring available at Killingly Public Library

By Denise Coffey
Killingly - posted Sun., Feb. 6, 2011
Contact the Killingly library to sign up for free peer tutoring. - Contributed Photo

Luke Green was watching television one day, when a Wal-Mart ad caught his attention. In it, a student was offering free tutoring at a library. The son of parents who run the Knowledge Team, Green knew how much help tutoring could be to a student struggling with a subject. He approached Killingly children's librarian Allison Whiston with the idea of setting up a similar program. The free peer tutoring has been in operation since the fall.  

“He’s wonderful,” Whiston said. “He’s self taught.  He can do anything. He can teach biology, chemistry, anything like that.”

Right now there are four or five tutors. “You have to have some knowledge of the subject,” Whiston said, "and not have problems with anything. You have to have current knowledge, especially the way things are being taught these days.”

The service is offered on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students receive a half hour of tutoring per session. It is not just for Killingly residents.  “Anyone willing to drive to the library is welcome to the service,” said Green. 

Green has been homeschooled for years. By the end of his high school “career,” he will have to satisfy all the appropriate credits for state certification. He has taken many classes on line.” I like the adaptability of the education,” he said. “I can focus on certain things that interest me.  I can also control the quality of it. You get a more in-depth education.” His plans are to study math or physics and go into research or teaching. One thing is for sure: he will continue offering free tutoring assistance until his studies take him elsewhere. 

“It’s really fulfilling to be able to help kids and see the improvement in their abilities and in math abilities. It’s very rewarding," said Green.

Whiston could use a few more tutors. “I really only have one tutor that’s into math and sciences. It’s very difficult to find someone who’s not involved in too much, who has the time to sacrifice,” she said.

For more information call the Killingly Public Library at 860-779-5383.

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