Two American International College students presented at the19th Annual NEPTA (New England Peer Tutor Association) Conference in Dudley, Mass. Saturday, April 6. Ethan Prentiss of Brimfield and Daniel Pugliese of Hope R.I.were among hundreds peer tutors who presented on a variety of subjects pertinent to peer tutoring success.

The conference featured workshops designed and presented by peer tutors from colleges and universities across New England.

Daniel Pugliese and Ethan Prentiss

Prentiss, a senior Psychology major, said, "It was a great experience interacting with fellow peer tutors, each bringing forth their own perspectives due to the wide array of institutions that attended the conference. Additionally, it was great sharing tools, techniques, and strategies we have found to be successful for the students here at AIC," Prentiss said.

Pugliese, a senior Biology major from Hope, R.I., said the conference was more beneficial than he had expected. "Tutors are a rare breed in that they are a very interactive bunch. This interaction really makes learning easier and more personal. I learned a lot from the other presentations and even from presenting my own. I would highly recommend attending next year to all tutors," Pugliese said.

Lesley LaMarche, Director of the Tutoring Program at AIC, said the students did fabulous job representing AIC and the AIC Tutoring Program. "The students gave a 50 minute presentation on goal attainment and empowerment and how they correlate with self-efficacy and tutoring. They emphasized the importance of goal clarity and how it can increase self-efficacy. They also discussed methods used, in an interactive and hands-on approach. These methods can be utilized for numerous disciplines, particularly the physical and behavioral sciences," she said.

This was the AIC Tutoring Program's first time contributing to the NEPTA conference. "Next year I would like to invite more of my tutors to attend and present. Having them present at a well-established conference, in front of new faces is a great opportunity to help prepare them for some of the challenges they may face before setting out into the working world," LaMarche said.

The peer tutors were not the only ones to benefit from the conference as academic administrators were also invited to attend an open forum in the Academic Resource Center. "We met informally to discuss best practices, common challenges and technology uses across our respective campuses. It was a great opportunity to see what other colleges and universities are promoting within their tutoring programs," she said.