Free Tutoring Support for Indigenous Students

Souths Cares, in partnership with The University of Sydney's Compass - your way to higher education program, will soon rollout yourtutor – a live, anonymous and on-demand homework program.

Yourtutor, teaching University, and Souths Cares staff recently joined together to participate in an information and live tutorial session aimed at equipping the group with a better understanding of the how the online service can assist indigenous students across the South Sydney region.

General Manager of Souths Cares, Shannon Donato, said that the service provides students with anonymous online access to professional tutors.

“Souths Cares are please to ensure the service is available to all indigenous students from Year 7 through to HSC level,” he said.

“There is tutorial support across a wide range of subjects.

“The most popular subject students seek advice on is English and then mathematics however, students will be able to obtain help on many subjects including numeracy, literacy, science and business studies.

“In addition there is online advice for students wanting to know how to research a particular topic and format their work, and how to study more effectively.

“Once officially launched students will be able to logon remotely between the hours of 3.00pm - 10.00pm, from Sunday through to Friday each week.

“The tutors come from a variety of backgrounds for example teachers, lecturers and tutors.

“Tutors will not provide the students with the answers but they will work with them, helping to navigate students through the homework or assignment task they are working on.

“Students can send tutors word documents, use interactive whiteboards and draw images online in an attempt to further illustrate the tasks they are struggling with.

“Given the anonymous nature of the service Souths Cares are hoping that students are encouraged to use the tutor support knowing they can ask any questions that they may have previously felt uncomfortable asking in class – the identity of the student is kept anonymous.

“Our Souths Cares mentors will be making contact with teaching staff and students from Marrickville, Tempe, Matraville Sports, JJ Cahill, Souths Sydney and Alexandria Park high schools in the coming weeks, to arrange demonstrations for all involved.

Shannon concluded saying indigenous students should no longer feel they need to stay ‘stuck’ when learning which can contribute to truancy and dropout rates, they should access the service, get the help they are after and build up their self-confidence in the process.

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