Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Pamela Nickels

Second Advisor

Becky McKenna

Third Advisor

Larry Thornhill


This study was designed to assess the impact of one full semester of peer- tutoring on 30 fourth and fifth grade at-risk students in a rural Midwestern community. A paired t - test was performed on the students' Grade Point Average (G.P.A . ) before and after tutoring. Statistical analysis of t he data revealed that students who received peer tutoring experienced a statistically significant gain in academic achievement as measured by G. P .A. Research leading to this study indicated that at - risk students do benefit from same gender peer assistance in homework, reading and math skills when consistent assistance takes place for at least 45 minutes per week over a several month period of time.

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