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UC student Jennifer Coldiron (center), tutors Williamsburg High School students Heather Smith (left), and Erica Mullis (right)

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – On November 15, seniors from Mrs. Maria Harrison’s Williamsburg High School class had the opportunity for one-on-one tutoring with graduate students from University of the Cumberlands. “It’s been a lot of help,” said Williamsburg student Erica Mullis.

The tutoring sessions, held at the Whitley County Public Library in Williamsburg, were given by students in Dr. Bob Reising’s education class, Diagnosis of Reading and Writing Problems (READ 630). Reising said his students are teaching elementary grades and this experience of working with older students has been helpful to them.


UC student Jamie Bowman (left) helps Williamsburg student Ashley Freeman (right) with a writing assignment.

“It has been fun, and it’s been a challenge working with high school students since I’m used to second graders, but I’ve enjoyed the opportunity,” said Cumberlands student Angela Bowlin. “I now know I can help older students as well.”

Jennifer Coldiron, also a student at Cumberlands, added, “I teach fourth grade, so it’s been a pleasant experience working with young adults.”

Harrison said after these sessions her students are more focused, they have come up with more ideas, and they are more organized in their writing. Her students have to complete a writing portfolio before graduating, and this is a good time to hone their skills.

“I’ve actually done work on my portfolio in a quiet setting at the library,” said Williamsburg senior Serena Mack. “It’s helped me with descriptive words and working at a college level with college students.”

“I’m very confident I’m going to score well on my portfolio,” said Matthew Wagers.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online programs.