RAHWAY – Rahway High School has adopted a new plan to help students succeed in their math and science classes. This year tutoring is now available in the library during each lunch period with a certified math or science teacher.
Vice Principal John Farinella read an article about a California high school’s program to provide extra help to their students. Santa Maria High School calls their library “The Learning Center” and provides their students with tutoring all day long in the library from classmates, faculty, and recent alumni. This is a model that Rahway High School has also adopted.
During all four lunch periods, math and science teachers are readily available for tutoring students. The best part is that it is free. The teachers are in the library to help students who come from their lunch and will provide one-on-one help — there are even groups of students who help each other.
Teacher Pamela Cook said, “[It] is working really well. It’s a relaxed atmosphere where the students help each other as well as getting help from us.” She goes on to say that she has even tutored one student who wanted to drop from an Honors class to a regular college prep class; after the tutoring sessions he decided to stick with the Honors class and is very happy with his decision.
Teacher Adrienne Barnes expressed disappointment that more students weren’t taking advantage of the program. “They don’t know how much tutoring costs outside of school and don’t realize how much just fifteen minutes a day working one on one with a teacher could improve their grades.”
The students who are utilizing the program are enthusiastic.
Freshman Keith M. said, “I come for the fact that I can get extra practice time in for my math class.”
Junior Jennifer C. said, “It definitely helps me out a lot! I’m doing a lot better in my class now that I come for the extra help.”
Junior Daphna said, “Today was my first day coming here, but if I continue then it will really help. I like that I can come here and get help from someone who is sure of the work that I need help with. It’s a lot better than going to my friends and asking them for help.”
Senior Stephanie said, “I think it is great! I come at least every other day and get help to better myself in my classes and do well on tests and quizzes.”
Freshman Keith McCarthy, works on his Algebra 1 homework during period 5 lunch tutoring.
Teacher Stephen Valentine helps a student with his science class work during period 7 lunch tutoring.
Teacher Martin Goldman uses period 8 lunch library tutoring to help his AP Chemistry students with their work. From left to right – Anthony Tilton, Nicholas Bizzarro, Goldman, and Samantha Smith.
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