DO YOU PTC?

Get help with the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center

We Are Students Helping Students.

Do you need help with your NCVPS Course? From Chemistry to Chinese, over 60 Peer Tutors are waiting to help you with any NCVPS course. Through our five services we offer, 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. Even if you don't have a question, feel free to get a second opinion on your work; if the Peer Tutor thinks you need to do some surgery on it, they'll guide you step by step, until it has healed fine! Peer Tutors can also help you with basic how to questions related to your course or the online environment.


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


Once you enter a Center, a popup will display. In the text box, please describe what you need help with, your course name and your instructor's name so a Peer Tutor can better assist you!

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

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


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

Once you've found a Peer Tutor for your subject who is available at a time that works for you, we have 3 simple ways to contact a Peer Tutor. Choose the one that works best for you, but #1 is the typical route.

Option 1: Log into Blackboard IM and visit the School tab when tutors for your subject are scheduled to be online. Be ready to tell the Peer Tutor your course and instructor's name.


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


Option 3: If you wish to receive tutoring via email, simply email the Peer Tutor of your choice. Be sure to include detail such as the course and instructor's name, the subject or assignment you need help with and the times and dates you 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.


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