Hinsdale Central Tutor Expo a hit with parents, students

The Hinsdale Central cafeteria hosted a foodless buffet Thursday to provide information on available tutoring services and answer questions at a Tutor Expo.

Eight companies and more than 25 individuals offering help set up at tables in the cafeteria. Tutoring options included one-on-one or small groups, and were available in various academic subjects as well as ACT/SAT preparation.

“This is just an opportunity for parents to get names of tutors they believe will work out well if they are needed,” said Audrey Galvin, chairman of the Parent Network Committee of the Hinsdale Central PTO. “Being here and getting information doesn’t necessarily mean a student will need help, but it’s a great opportunity to get the information and have it available.”

Galvin said tutors came mostly from a list available through the Hinsdale Central guidance office.

This was the second consecutive year in which the Parent Network Committee has hosted a Tutor Expo.

“This is a committee formed by the PTO so that parents can learn to provide better support for their children,” Galvin said.

Bill Walsh, Central’s assistant principal of operations, called the Tutor Expo a “great resource for parents and kids.”

“This is a place to find out where to go when you need help,” Walsh said.

Robert Rizzuto attended the Tutor Expo with his wife, Kimberley Grayson Rizzuto, to “see what may be available for our daughter, who’s a freshman.”

“We have another child who’s a senior, so we’ve been down this road before,” he said. “We don’t want to start scrambling later if we need some help for our daughter. If you wait until you really need the help, it’s much more difficult to make a good decision.”

Amy Russell of Oak Brook, who was set up as a vendor, said the Tutor Expo was a great idea.

“It brings everyone together,” she said. “It’s a win-win because you have parents and students who are interested in finding the services they need and people who can provide them.”

Amaris Hernandez, a Central freshman, came to the Tutor Expo with her parents in hopes of finding a math tutor. They found more than that after learning about note-taking/listening sessions offered by Russell.

“We came to look for math tutors to help me keep up and get ahead,” Hernandez said. “We also found out here about this note-taking/listening, and I feel that will help me. It’s a great life skill to have.”

Hernandez’s mother, Lorena Zavalza, said the Tutor Expo was very helpful.

“It’s great to be able to come and actually get information and talk to people, instead of having to look it up and read it,” she said.

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