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SLO County Library offering online tutoring

Paso Robles City Library
Posted at 12:08 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 15:41:00-04

With the majority of Central Coast students heading back to the classroom virtually this fall, the San Luis Obispo County library wants to help with the homework.

Librarians are reminding both parents and students about the many opportunities available online.

"So if parents are working with their kids at home or teens at home and they're getting a little stuck, they need assistance or don't understand the subject they're working on, they can go to our website, that's slolibrary.org. They click on Homework Help and put in their library card number and then they're connected with a tutor that has at least a master's degree in their subject area," explained Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, Youth Services Librarian.

The program has been around for the past couple of years, but librarians have seen a change in who's accessing it.

"But what we've seen is as more and more students are moving to an online format, parents are needing additional help, so we're seeing younger and younger people accessing it," Kensinger-Klopfer said.

As a parent, Kensinger-Klopfer says she's accessed the extra help, too.

"I have a daughter who is a teenager, and we've tried it with her and it's been great," she said. "I forgot how to multiply inverse fractions, checked in with a tutor, they reminded me and within seconds we had that knowledge that was kind of hard to Google."

The tutors are available for help in most subject areas and the help is free.

"But it's not just for math," Kensinger-Klopfer said. "Again, it's also the writing lab for English papers, they've got science, they've got all different subject matter that are on there."

To access the free tutoring service or any other library service, all you need is a library card, which is available by visiting any of the open locations or online.