Medical student Megan Lawson Jakob has likely got a lot on her plate at the moment being in her fourth year of medicine at the University of Sydney. She was, however, eager to find a way to help the local high school students at Dubbo College Delroy Campus by establishing a free tutoring program for the school.
The program, which began this week, will involve third and fourth year medical students from the University of Sydney School of Rural Health. These students are well qualified in a number of subjects that could greatly benefit the year 9 and 10 students of Dubbo College.
“I just thought it was a cool idea to provide a free service and this was enthusiastically supported by the Dubbo Medical Students’ Society, with Delroy Campus also very quick to take up the offer,” Ms Lawson Jakob said.
“The aim is to provide tutoring each Tuesday afternoon in all subjects, but the Delory students have indicated they need the most help with maths and science.
“As well as providing help with homework, assignments and assessment tasks, the tutoring program will provide students with a bit of an idea about life in higher education.”
Megan feels this initiative will benefit both the university students as well as the high school students by helping to promote team work, a greater sense of social responsibility all whilst inspiring high school students to pursue higher education in the future.
Peter Maher, a teacher at Dubbo College, said that two classes had already taken up the offer and were ready to begin the program.
“Megan Lawson Jakob approached our school with the idea of the tutoring and mentoring program and our staff decided quickly to take up the offer,” Mr Maher said.
Dubbo College Delroy Campus principal Debbie Head said she was very grateful to the University of Sydney medical students for offering their skills.
“I am thrilled the medical students would give up their time and offer their expertise to assist students at Delroy to be their very best academically,” she said.
“It is such an amazing opportunity.”
University of Sydney third year medical student Rachel Anderson working with Delroy Campus student Brodie Hall.