Tutors are tops, but they're not nerds

18:41, Dec 11 2012

A group of high school tutors helping younger learners improve their skills seem to have picked up a thing or two themselves on the job.

Invercargill business Number Works'n'Words employs high school pupils to tutor their peers.

Five tutors from the Kelvin St business were named dux or proxime accessit - the equivalent of dux runner-up - of their schools this year.

Liam Cosgrove, 18, was named dux of Verdon College, Lachlan McKenzie, 17, was Southland Boys' High School dux, and Celia Blass, 17, was James Hargest College dux.

Olivia Wallace, 18, was proxime accessit of James Hargest College, and Fiona Smith, 18, was named joint proxime accessit of Southland Girls' High School.

Business owner Raewyn Hansen said the group were role models for the pupils they tutored, showing them learning could be fun.

One boy was particularly impressed when he heard Mr Cosgrove got top scholar. "He said, Mum, he got dux and he's not even a nerd."

Miss Smith said the biggest part of tutoring was thinking creatively to frame difficult concepts so all pupils understood. "I think you've sort of got to find the way it works in their brain, because some kids just get it and some you need to explain it a couple of ways."


The Southland Times