Witsies needing academic assistance and people to share ideas with have been given a lifeline.

A tutoring programme, run by the Office of Campus Housing and Residence Life, aims to provide academic support to students for two hours every Sunday night from 7.30pm-9.30pm. In previous years, the programme gave preference to university residence freshers, who are required to participate in these Sunday evening group study tutorials.

But this year all Witsies are welcome to share and learn from their peers.

The programme needs more tutors to meet the demand of students needing assistance. Tutors must be 2nd or 3rd year students who have good academic records. Postgraduates are invited to apply too. The selected tutors will be paid for their efforts at a rate of R120 per two-hour session for undergraduates and honours students and R200 per two-hour session hour for masters and PhD candidates.

Nicky Lowe, residence development manager in charge of the programme, addressed the tutorial group at Jubilee res, saying, “We are committed to making sure you get the best help possible”.

Vuvuzela visited last week`s session at Sunnyside and Jubilee res and found an impressive turnout of students dedicating themselves to getting as far away as possible from the Wits edge of exclusion.

Sakhile Gumede, a 1st year BCom accounting student, was happy with the programme thus far, saying “during the week we don’t get to study with others, these tutorials provide a chance to share and learn from other students and tutorials”.

One of the tutors and venue coordinators, Sanele Ngoma, a BCom law student, said he tutors because he has a lot to offer to students looking for help and he enjoys helping out academically.

Students interested in becoming tutors can email their CVs to Nicky Lowe at nicky.lowe@wits.ac.za

The tutorial sessions are structured according to faculties as follows;

Jubilee dining hall:                  Commerce males & females;

Sunnyside Hall:                         Humanities & law males & females, education (males)

Umthombo:                                 Psychology – organised by psychology lecturer Enid Schutte

Knockando dining hall:           Science & EBE males

Medhurst dining hall:              Science & EBE; Education (females)

Reith dining hall:                       Health sciences & Physics