We have a new group of leaders on campus this year, THE LIT LOUNGE. These students help other students with their work. It's not tutoring. Its much more than that. They are empowered, dedicated, and intelligent people who want to see others succeed. We have started with 3 young ladies - Ruhi Gianchandani, Angel Li, & Sanyukta Shewakramani. I'll let them explain themselves in their own words.
Q:What exactly is Lit Lounge?
A: Lit Lounge aims to encourage fellow students to benefit from cognitive coaching guided by student coaches. Lit Lounge helps guide students to identify and solve their own problems in their work. The aim is to help students become independent learners and encourage them to soar on their own.
Q: What kinds of help can students get from the Lit Lounge?
A: We don’t help with just particular subjects, we have a more holistic approach where we welcome students to get guidance for writing, reading, speaking, note-taking, and presenting. So if it’s something along these lines that a student needs help with, we are more than happy to do so. Right now, we are coaching in just English, but are hoping to expand to coaching in Chinese as well to accommodate and aid HIS students.
Q: You are now looking for coaches. What does a coach do?
A: Coaches help students develop themselves as individuals. They lead students through the creative process and apply unique strategies to their unique needs. Coaches don’t give their feedback to a problem, rather guide the students to find their own solutions.
Q: What are the qualities of a good coach?
A: Coaches aren’t expected to be an expert, rather they’re expected to be passionate, patient, and compassionate guides who help the students in need. Coaches are also expected to have at least one “shift” per week at the Lit Lounge which allows students to connect with a set coach and find what methods work best for them. Remember, guide, don’t advise.
Q: What's the most rewarding aspect of your role in Lit Lounge?
A: While I’m guiding learners through the process, I get to challenge myself as a student and coach as well. I also learn new ways to get my work done when I help other people. The joy I get from being able to help other people is immense. It’s rewarding to be a part of helping someone out and to contribute to my school community through such a unique initiative.
Q: What should a student do if they feel they want help from Lit Lounge?
A: Firstly, we want them to feel comfortable enough to reach out to us. We want HIS students to know that we are here to guide them through the process of getting quality work done. Students don’t need to do much except show up to the Lit Lounge any day after school prepared with the work they need help with. Besides that, we are more than happy to answer any questions so they can reach out to us via email or in person at any time.
These fabulous students dedicate their time to lead this organization to help other students. They will be looking for more coaches soon. And of course, they are always looking for students who need a little extra support. Send your son or daughter to Lit Lounge. Its just one more way that our students care and create community.
ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE AN HIS DRAGON!!!