Tutor.com now available at Westfield Washington Public Library • Current publication
By Chris Bavender
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Westfield Washington Public Library quickly realized that the need to provide tutoring to students in the Westfield Youth Assistance Program had increased. The Westfield Library Foundation has launched an initiative to raise funds to pay tutors in order to attract additional qualified tutors.
Library officials then realized that other members of the community could also benefit from free tutoring services.
“We had received requests from users who had heard that the service was available in other libraries. Additionally, over the past year we have seen an increased need for tutoring in the community, ”said Brittany Super, Head of Information / Referral and Adolescent Services at WWPL. “But we also heard from parents that the cost of hiring a guardian is often out of reach for families.”
The library researched products that all library patrons could use and selected. Tutor.com. The service provides individual learning solutions to students and covers over 200 academic subjects, as well as test preparation.
“With COVID affecting so many aspects of life, including schools and learning, Tutor.com is an extremely valuable resource for our community,” said Erin Downey, Executive Director of the Westfield Library Foundation. “By providing free access to expert support when exactly the time a client needs it, WWPL has a tool that can equalize opportunities for educational advancement, reduce learner stress and anxiety,” build confidence and help every learner achieve and reach their full potential. “
The service is available free of charge to WWPL cardholders and is available in English and Spanish. Tutors are available from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day of the week in a variety of subjects from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including Honors, AP courses, and more. additional features.
“Tutor.com is anonymous and no personal information is ever shared between tutors and students. All learning and communication takes place in a registered and monitored online classroom, and all tutors must pass a thorough background check, ”Super said.
Resources for adult learners on a variety of topics including GED / TASC, ESL / ELL preparation, citizenship tests, job search, job applications, resumes, cover letters and preparation for interviews are also available.