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eTutoring to Class XII rural school students by IIT Madras Undergraduates

In partnership with Acheve Foundation USA headed by Prof. Vish Krishnan from University of California San Diego, over a dozen of our Undergraduate students from IIT Madras are provide academic tutoring to Class XII Students of an orphanage run school in Kanyakumari. SKG Ashram students learn subjects like Chemistry, English, Mathematics etc from our tutors.


Participants

Class XII Students from the school run by Sri Kanyakumari Gurukula Ashram. SKG Ashram, a non-profit organisation provides food, shelter and education for orphans and destitute children. The school offers education from elementary to secondary level. Undergraduate students from IIT Madras have volunteered to tutor the students in preparation for the board exams.

Method

Tutor Registration

In this step, tutor services were solicited from the students at IIT Madras. Over 40 volunteers signed up. In Phase I, 13 out of these tutors were selected for teaching 2 subjects. Others’ services will be used for other subjects and for teaching class X in the coming days.

Tutor Orientation

Selected Tutors were given orientation on the objective of the program and the expectations from them. They were also made aware of systematic preparation, the Dos and Don’ts of remote teaching and were also briefed on the background of the Tutees.

Tutor-Tutee Connection

The Tutees and Tutors were grouped based on the subject and schedules. Each group was officially connected. A session delivery framework, overall session planning and topic planning was done during this meeting with the help of a teacher and the principal of the school.

Tutoring Sessions

Phase I

This phase started in October with a goal of enabling 15 class XII children to take their Chemistry and English board exams with confidence and knowledge. However, we see this as an opportunity beyond, that which can create a lasting impact on the students. The Tutors are making tremendous efforts to prepare and teach the children who are all from very poor background and are presently struggling to learn academic subjects. The sessions are planned in a manner that is not only interesting but also takes the students beyond the text book and make learning an impactful experience.


Challenges

Adversity, lack of access to technology, disconnect from learning environment, and demotivation from the uncertain times have led these children to fear the exams. Our Tutors are now offering tremendous support and help in this regard. We hope to do our best to prepare these children for taking their board exams successfully. Thanks to Prof. Krishnan for bringing our attention to the needs of these students.


Next Steps

Phase II will include more grades and other subjects too.

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