Fellow students show way

A PROGRAM at James Busby High School is helping younger students who have lost interest in school and struggled with their work.

The peer-tutoring TAFE program pairs an older student with a year 7 student who needs assistance.

Last year the students attended tutoring sessions with their peers each morning before school for three terms.

Students were paired with one or more peers and helped with subjects including English and maths.

They were also helped with study techniques to prepare them for the NAPLAN tests.

Tanikah Rischin, who has an interest in becoming a teacher, tutored five peers.

She said different teaching methods had helped students to engage.

"If I got them sitting in a circle and made them feel comfortable, we could all read together and go over things," she said.

"I know it's scary being in year 7. You're in a new school and having someone older can help."

Fellow tutor Shazman Farouk said he found the experience rewarding.

"It was self-rewarding, knowing that you are helping them and seeing them improve," he said.

There were 24 students who completed the course.

The course will run again this year and will take in another group of year 10 students.

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