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District Offers New Tutoring Tool

The Marion Central School District is proud to announce a new partner to provide chat-based online tutoring to Marion Junior-Senior High School students in all subject areas.

Paper, which was founded by educators, provides unlimited expert tutors 24/7 so students can receive assistance any time they need it. Students are being introduced to Paper during classes.

“Paper has the capacity to help on many fronts moving forward,” Director of Educational Services Nikki Miller said. “We are using it to offset some of the instruction lost to COVID.”

Marion is one of several area districts using Paper. The service comes at no cost to students and is being paid for with funds provided through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

“We believe that students will find a greater level of success if they have access to instructional support online that supports the high-quality instruction that they receive at school,” MJSHS Principal Shane Dehn said. “At Marion CSD, we encourage all students to achieve their fullest potential today and to be prepared for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

In addition to accessibility, Paper also provides feedback to teachers and allows students to upload essays for review.

“You are not going to have tutors who just give students the answer,” Miller said. “You have tutors who are using the Socratic method to guide students toward the answer.

“Another cool thing is that Paper allows students to get feedback on their writing. It doesn’t help them rewrite their work, but it helps them improve it by using our own teachers’ rubric.”

Paper is available to more than 1.5 million students in more than 200 school districts in 26 states. For more information on Paper, go to