Stu­dent-led tu­tor­ing lev­els play­ing field

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KARINA ABADIA

Lev­el­ling the play­ing field in ed­u­ca­tion is the ob­jec­tive be­hind the stu­dent-led tu­tor­ing ser­vice NCEA Cam­pus.

St Cuthbert’s Col­lege old girl Jade Le­ung started the not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion with a group of friends in 2012.

She has al­ways had an in­ter­est in hu­man­i­tar­ian causes and the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion can’t be un­der­es­ti­mated, she says.

‘‘If you’ve got a good ed­u­ca­tion un­der your belt you can typ­i­cally get a lot fur­ther in life.’’

Miss Le­ung re­ceived the Prime Min­is­ter’s Award for Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence.

She grew up in Re­muera but has since moved to the city to be close to the Univer­sity of Auck­land where she is study­ing to­wards a Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing.

In 2012 she made the Dean’s hon­ours list for rank­ing in the top five per cent of stu­dents in her year group.

Her older sis­ter Jane

is also achiev­ing im­pres­sive re­sults and has been awarded a Woolf Fisher Schol­ar­ship to study a PhD in chem­istry at Cam­bridge Univer­sity.

Be­ing able to mix with stu­dents from all walks of life at the univer­sity has opened 19-year-old Jade’s eyes to the dif­fer­ences be­tween our sec­ondary schools.

At St Cuthbert’s Col­lege she re­ceived a lot of so­cial sup­port and en­cour­age­ment from teach­ers.

Con­versely, many stu­dents she has spo­ken to who at­tended lower decile schools say society ex­pects them to fail.

But stu­dents can take charge of their own suc­cess, she says.

‘‘At the mo­ment you’ve got a lot of dif­fer­ent tools you can ac­cess to get your­self ahead in ed­u­ca­tion,’’ she says.

‘‘You can go to re­vi­sion cour­ses, get per­sonal tu­tor­ing, you can get ex­tra text­books but all of those things tend to come with some kind of fi­nan­cial bar­rier.’’

The NCEA Cam­pus pro­gramme runs over the July and Oc­to­ber hol­i­days. Stu­dents can sign up for two-day in­ten­sive cour­ses which con­cen­trate on spe­cific NCEA level 1, 2 or 3 sub­jects.

Stu­dents pay $20 a course and the ra­tio of one tu­tor to five or six stu­dents means cour­ses can be per­son­alised.

As well as the team of six vol­un­teers who run the or­gan­i­sa­tion, there are about 180 paid tu­tors who de­liver the cour­ses.

Th­ese are typ­i­cally first and sec­ond-year univer­sity stu­dents who are re­cruited both for their aca­demic knowl­edge and their abil­ity to en­gage with stu­dents.

Ini­tially the cour­ses were held at Ep­som Girls Gram­mar School but in Oc­to­ber they ex­panded to also run at Manukau In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

Last year there were about 700 stu­dents en­rolled and this year that fig­ure has grown to just over 2500.

The next step is to keep spread­ing cour­ses across Auck­land as more fund­ing comes in, she says.

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