The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 17, 2013

Learning Lamp expanding online tutoring program

Kelly Urban

JOHNSTOWN — A program at the Learning Lamp is expanding in hopes of reaching more students.

The online tutoring program, which began in 2011 as a way to help students in rural communities where no other tutoring provider existed, is now able to offer services to those in kindergarten through 12th grade.

“What surprises most families when they start an online tutoring session is the amount of interaction they receive from the tutor,” said Kristi Emerick, assistant director of tutoring and special services at the Learning Lamp. “We do not have a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to online tutoring. We want students to be able to ask questions, write on a virtual blackboard, play educational games and share whatever they see on their screen with their tutors.”

The online platform allows students to receive tutoring from qualified teachers in a variety of subjects such as math, reading, social studies, science and foreign languages.

To help families become become more familiar with how the online tutoring program works, the Learning Lamp will offer two live, 15-minute mini-sessions at 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

To participate in the free sessions, students will need a computer with speakers, a microphone and high-speed Internet access.

Cost for the tutoring is $26 per hour. Reduced rates are available for those needing financial assistance.

Once a student enrolls, an application packet is sent to the home asking in what subjects the student needs help and what challenges they may be facing. The Learning Lamp then matches up the student with a tutor who will best meet his or her needs.

“We try to accommodate whatever the students ask for, so we’re really flexible with what we can offer,” Emerick said.

For more information, call 262-0732.

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