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Peer Tutoring: An Amazing Student Resource at NUHS

by Nov 12, 2021

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I want to share some of my thoughts about the peer tutoring services available to students. Tutoring is my personal favorite resource that NUHS students have access to.

When I was in Phase 1 of the Naturopathic Medicine program, which consists of basic science courses, I personally took advantage of each student tutoring session for each class I was enrolled in. There were excellent peer tutors for the many courses of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and histology.

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Tutoring served as an excellent opportunity for me to get the most out of the material I was learning. Weekly tutoring sessions allowed me to reinforce what I was learning, ask questions, and hear concepts presented in a slightly different way (which often helped the concepts sink into my mind more fully). Although I sometimes showed up because I was struggling with grasping certain concepts, I did not always attend the tutoring sessions because of this. I also noticed that consistently showing up to tutoring sessions helped me with long-term learning retention, integration of the material, and sparked deeper and more critical thinking. I also frequently had “ah-ha moments” where I would see what I was learning within a larger perspective. I always came to the tutoring sessions prepared, having read through the lectures a couple of times. As a result, I took away so much from peer tutoring. 

To any incoming Naturopathic Medicine or Chiropractic Medicine student, I cannot recommend attending weekly tutoring sessions enough. And…would you believe me if I told you that peer tutoring at NUHS is totally free? It is free, and it is an awesome resource! Although there’s a lot of tutoring for Phase 1 courses, several Phase 2 courses also have peer tutors.

I benefited from and enjoyed the experience of peer tutoring so much that I actually became a peer tutor myself. I have been tutoring Neuroanatomy since last trimester. I meet with Trimester 2 ND and DC students weekly for neuroanatomy tutoring. We spend tutoring time together in several ways, such as being in the cadaver lab, reviewing lecture concepts, and I also offer mock practical exams. It has been a wonderful experience to help support other students in their learning of the challenging material.

And, in addition to peer tutoring, don’t miss these helpful student life hacks!


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Katie Kavicky-Mels

Katie Kavicky-Mels

My name is Katie Kavicky-Mels, and I am in my last year of the Naturopathic Medicine program at NUHS. I am a naturopathic intern at the student clinic in Lombard. I live in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, but I currently live on campus. My roots are deep in nature, and I enjoy camping, hiking, foraging and campfires. I am passionate about addressing the root causes of health issues using nature as the foundation. I look forward to sharing my naturopathic journey with you. I like meeting new folks, so please reach out if you have any questions!


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