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Peer tutoring center to relocate

To accommodate the increasing number of students utilizing the Peer Tutoring Center, administrators have relocated it to a larger space and are planning to expand its hours and access. 

Fewer students used the center following COVID-19 and online school, but Peer Tutoring Center adviser Mayerly Short said she now sees up to 40 students a day.

“We have a lot of different tutors and tutees, so there is a good mixture,” Short said. 

Previously located in room 408, the center has moved to room 304 to provide for more students. And Short said she hopes the resources at the center will become more accessible to students.

“I want (the center) to expand and become a more central resource that everyone can use,” Short said. “I know a lot of kids are a little scared to ask, but it’s OK to have help, and if students need it, then I want to provide it.”

Junior Asha Kulkarni, who started volunteering as a peer tutor this year, said she thinks the current system operates well.

“I didn’t know that the peer tutoring center existed when I was a freshman,” Kulkarni said. “But (this year) it’s always crowded whenever I’ve been there, and it’s full for PRIME.” 

Kulkarni said a challenge does exist in terms of maintaining a balanced student-to-tutor ratio. Still, she is optimistic that the center will continue to operate smoothly. 

“It’s difficult to organize because of the huge volume of kids,” Kulkarni said. “My hope for the center is that everyone is matched with a tutor who can help them when they need it.”

While the center is strictly open during PRIME and after school until 5 p.m. as of now, Principal Brent Kline said the center has the potential to reach even more students

“We’re looking to see if we can expand this to support a greater number of kids,” Kline said. “I would love to increase the time that we offer tutoring.”

Kline said extending the hours of the tutoring center would make it more equitable for students who participate in extracurriculars immediately after school. 

“My hope would be for the center to be open from the beginning of school and past the end of the school day so that students with preps or downtime in a class can go seek some help if they need,” Kline said. 

With the room to accommodate more students, Kline said he also hopes to reallocate funds to ensure the center is consistently staffed, including non-student tutors. 

“We are trying to see if we can expand beyond peer tutors,” Kline said. “We have been looking at getting more tutors from the community, like parent volunteers and maybe people from Stanford University.”

Short said she is enthusiastic for these changes and hopes the center can support as many students as possible. 

“The Paly community is filled with students who participate in sports, theater and other extracurriculars,” Short said. “I just want to make sure that their grades are up, so they can all have the best time here they possibly can.”