Does Titans Tutor Really Work?
In case you haven't heard of it, Titans Tutor is a cross-grade tutoring program here at Orion. Ninth grade Honor Society students are paired up with struggling 7th grade students. These students work together to turn in assignments, make up tests, and find success in the classroom. During the last year, Titans Tutor has assisted many students during Titan Time. Here is some data we have collected from the program:
622 missing assignments have been turned in
422 students have been helped
The average percent of students in the district with an F during 3rd quarter is 6.8%, but at Orion it is only 1.4%
Multiple teachers have commented on the success of this program:
Mrs. Harris said, “I witnessed ninth graders sorting through crumpled papers in backpacks to find missing seventh grade assignments, printing off progress reports to identify deficits, and walking with tutees down to a teacher’s classroom to turn in homework. I also had ninth grade honors students tutor and re-teach small groups of my seventh graders who had low test scores. These students were then allowed to re-take a similar test and almost always, their scores improved.
Seeing their grades improve also brought about an increased confidence in my seventh grade students. They were not so reluctant to ask for help from me and they seemed to “catch on” to the routines of turning in homework on time, keeping notes organized, and following class procedures. The seventh graders also became more responsible for their own grades, knowing that they would have to “report” to a ninth grader every Thursday and explain any missing assignments. This had much more impact than simply seeing their poor scores and grades on a computer screen.”
Mr. Andrus says, “Titans Tutor has been an essential part of my remediation program. I have come to count on and trust the extra help those tutors give to my students. They have made a positive difference not only in the academic performance of my Spanish students but also in their confidence level. Thank you so much for all your work!”
Mrs. Farnsworth told us, “The Titans Tutor program has helped my students accomplish good things bit by bit. When I put together all of the great things that the Titans Tutor program has done, it has made a huge difference. Students are better, and they have more confidence in getting work done. Titans Tutor helps students understand how school works.”
Titans Tutor really does work and has helped many, many 7th grade students this year!