Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation grant supports GGC online tutoring
A $17,500 grant from the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation is supporting Georgia Gwinnett College’s online tutoring service, “Tutors Online Everywhere” (TOE).
“TOE is an important source of tutoring for today’s busy students, many of whom are balancing classes with work and family,” said Barry Biddlecomb, dean of the School of Transitional Studies. “Thanks to the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation’s generous support, TOE provides all students with tutoring help whenever and wherever it is convenient to them.”
Convenience is a key factor in the program’s success. Almost 40 percent of GGC’s students work at least part-time. This creates challenges for scheduling course work. Through Project TOE, GGC delivers learning assistance that combines technology, personal support, and convenience. Online tutoring provides for assistance accessible from any computer, at nearly anytime. Such “teachable moments” are when students are most motivated to learn.
In addition, students who may be self-conscious about face-to-face tutoring may feel more comfortable asking questions in an online learning environment.
Since it was piloted in 2012, TOE has proven to be an effective part of GGC’s Student Success programs, which help bring under-prepared students to appropriate academic levels.