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Virtual tutoring program among plans for upcoming school year says USM VP of Academics

Virtual tutoring program among plans for upcoming school year says USM VP of Academics

The United Student Movement Vice-President of Academic Administration, Marleen Campbell.

Photo credit: Hopeton Thompson

By: Akeelia Hamilton

Mandeville, Jamaica- New and returning students from the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) will be benefiting from a series of virtual tutoring sessions being hosted by the United Student Movement’s (USM) Vice-President of Academic Administration.

In an interview with the Hilltop Trumpet on August 17, 2020, USM’s VP of Academic Administration, Marleen Campbell shared her sector’s now virtual initiatives, while divulging her plans for the upcoming virtual school year.

According to the third-year Psychology Major, the tutoring program was initially planned for a face-to-face environment, however, with classes going fully online for the upcoming school year, the program will be done online.

“The tutoring program will now take on a virtual aspect, where students will be tutored through an online platform. Also, an online application for students who would like to be tutored will be disseminated just in time for the re-opening of school.”

She added that it is scheduled to begin on September 23, 2020, and will be carried out on the university’s Blackboard Collaborate platform.

Campbell, who is a member of the National Youth Parliament, added that tutoring will be offered for courses such as Fundamental of Mathematics, Freshman Composition, Intermediate Accounting, Statistics and more. She noted that a survey will also be issued to students that will ascertain what can be added.

Meanwhile, Campbell revealed that her Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) workshop election promise is still on course but similarly to the tutoring program will be undertaken virtually. She said students will be updated on the dates for the various workshops.

“I will also be doing videos to inform students of the objectives of these workshops, who will be speaking, how it will benefit them, as well as the date, time and how they can sign up…and of course disseminating the information on various social media platforms affiliated with NCU and the USM.”

The St. Thomas native said she will be releasing a statement to the student body momentarily requesting questions, concerns or queries relating to academic challenges.

Campbell copped the USM post during the movement’s virtual elections in April by 473 votes against her opponent Napthalese James.


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