Pisay student holds online tutorials


A 16-year-old Grade 11 student from Philippine Science High School – Main Campus (PSHS-MC), held a free online tutorial at the Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS) last April.

Uriel Nathan Decano Orpilla, whose Matuto and Magturo (MAM) online tutorial program under the SCALE program of PSHS-MC, aims to supplement or reinforce the lessons in the classroom to help students, especially the underprivileged ones, to have a firm grasp of the lessons and catch up with the rest of them.

According to Orpilla, who traces his roots in Dagupan City, he developed the project as a way of expressing his gratitude to his school and his teachers – a means to pay forward. While many are able give back to their community after college, he is able to give back while still a student at Pisay.

As an ode to his teachers, the knowledge he acquired from them does not stay with him because he is able to teach it to others.

“While confined to the four walls of my room in this pandemic, I was able to reflect on how blessed I am being a Pisay scholar and being able to receive an excellent STEM secondary education. Furthermore, I was in awe of how people helped each other in their own little ways during this pandemic. I wanted to do my share too through this online tutorial”, he explains.

When asked about his experience during the tutorial, he said it was a humbling and enjoyable experience. “I realized that teaching is no joke. Knowledge of the subject is not enough. One should have the talent for communication and creativity, not to mention the technical skill in making an effective PowerPoint presentation,” he said.

“To add, empathy and patience are two of the many qualities that make a good teacher I had to think on how to simplify and present the lessons so it can be understood well. I also had to introduce some gimmicks like games and jokes in order to hold the students’ attention for that long, he added.

He said the students were very participative. They raced to the chat box to type their answers to the exercises I gave them. Their response was very gratifying. To my teachers and to all teachers, I greatly respect you!”

His online tutorial at DCNHS was made possible with the support of Dagupan City DepEd officials, Soc Garcia Dimalanta, Linda Ventenilla, DCNHS Principal Medarlo de Leon, and Math Coordinator Mary Jean Siapno. He hopes to duplicate this activity in other parts of Pangasinan and other nearby provinces as well.

Both his parents, maternal and paternal grandparents are from Dagupan City.  (Contributed)

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