Thursday, October 25, 2012

Peer tutor helps you find your feet

Negina Khalil (front) helps you hone your study skills and get through your first year of college at Douglas.                                                                                                          David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

As a peer tutor at the Douglas College Learning Centre, Negina Khalil loves helping her fellow students hone their study habits and improve their writing skills. But for Negina, tutoring goes way beyond sitting down with you and your books once a week. She knows the transition to college can be confusing – she’s been there – so she’s here to help you navigate through your first year and figure things out.

“I remember when I was new here. I didn’t know the little things that I now take for granted, like how to cite sources in an essay," she says. "We never did that in high school. Or even things like, should I be recording my class lectures? I’d always be emailing my professors, and I felt like I was bugging them.

“So it’s nice to have other students to talk to who’ve been in the same position. It’s one thing hearing it from a parent or an instructor. But if you can talk to another student who’s taken the same class – maybe even with the same instructor – they can walk you through it. I think that’s really helpful.”

Find out more about peer tutoring Douglas College by visiting the Learning Centre's web page. Read more inspiring stories about our students and instructors in our new viewbook.