DO YOU PTC?

Get help with the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center

We Are Students Helping Students.

Do you have a student who needs help with their NCVPS courses? From Art to World Languages, over 60 Peer Tutors are waiting to help your students with any NCVPS course. Through our five services, the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center is ready and waiting to help!

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Quick Questions on Blackboard IM

Quick Questions on Blackboard IM is the easiest way to get a question answered quickly by a Peer Tutor. Students can get help with basic how to questions or second opinions on their work.


In Blackboard IM, students will click the "school" tab to access the various PTCs.


Once the student enters a Center, a popup will display. In the text box, the student should describe their problem and provide the course and instructor name so a Peer Tutor can better assist them.

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If you have a student who feels like there isn't any hope, then the Peer Tutoring Center can set them up with a Virtual Buddy. A Virtual Buddy is like a tour guide or cheerleader for online courses. They can help students schedule due dates, motivate them, and help them learn basic study skills. If you feel like you have a student who would benefit from having a Virtual Buddy, contact your student's NCVPS teacher today!

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Our Peer Tutors are students too! They have strong working knowledge of the courses in which they tutor and a recommendation from an NCVPS teacher.


Peer Tutors can help students better understand their course structure and course content. They are only an instant message away in Blackboard IM! Once a student makes contact with a Peer Tutor, the student may want to schedule a regular tutoring time so that they can stay on top of their course. Our Peer Tutors are available for Quick Questions and long term tutoring.

Once you've found a Peer Tutor for a particular course, we have 3 simple ways to contact a Peer Tutor. Choose the one that works best for your student, but Option 1 is the typical route.

Option 1: Student logs into Blackboard IM and visits the School tab when tutors for their subject are scheduled to be online. They should be ready to tell the Peer Tutor the name of the course and instructor's name.


Option 2: Student adds the tutors to their contacts in Blackboard IM. If you don't know how to do this, watch a video tutorial here.


Option 3: Students wishing to receive tutoring via email should email the Peer Tutor of their choice. They should be sure to include detail such as the name of the course, teacher's name, the topic or assignment they need help with, and the times and dates they are available. Please allow 48 hours for a Peer Tutor to respond.

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Words of wisdom from experienced online students may be found on our blog, TutorTalk.

TutorTalk is written by our Peer Tutors and contains articles that are appropriate for virtual and brick and mortar students and teachers alike. Recent articles include topics such as: how to balance school and a social life, excelling beyond a GPA, music as a study tool and how to write a professional email to a teacher.


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The Peer Tutoring Center maintains a Facebook Fan Page as a public forum for the promotion of the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center. All stakeholders are welcome and are encouraged to actively participate on the page.