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How can I structure after school help?

Mar 9, 2013 7:56pm

Students come for after school help wanting to go over homework, correct tests and retake tests.
I have 2 different math classes. It is hard to meet all their needs after school.
I stay more than 1 day and I tell the students which day their class can come.
This helps slightly but theirs always a few students who can't make it the day I want them to come and I don't want to turn any student away.
Can I just tell the students I will just be going over one or two topics each after school session?
Thanks for your help.

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    • Mar 10, 2013 1:10pm

      Hi Joe, T

      • Mar 11, 2013 3:35am

        Wow, what dedication! I'm not sure exactly what grade you teach, but at my school, we have the option of recruiting high school tutors to help. Many seniors like to put this community service on their college applications and the younger students love working with them. If you want students to be able to come every day, you need some help in meeting all the students' needs. It couldn't hurt to contact the math department head at the high school and ask him or her to ask if any students would like to volunteer with math tutoring for an hour a week. Another option is to contact the guidance counselor at the high school. This is a great opportunity for your students and the high school students as well.

        Good luck!

        • Mar 17, 2013 8:06pm

          It's great that you spend time helping your students after school. I bet they really appreciate it! Here are a few things I've tried:

          1.Katie already said this, but see if you can get your colleagues to help out. If you're covering the same content, you could agree to take some of their students if they take some of yours. That way you could run simultaneous sessions on different subjects.

          2. Another thing I've tried is setting students up in tutorial groups. I give them a white board and ask them to use the resources they have to answer their questions. This allows me to circulate and deal with the places they get stuck (it's a strategy I learned from can find out more at

          3. This year I've had some success with leading multiple short focused review sessions for students who need a particular skill. I've also tried taping myself giving instruction so that I can post it to the web for students who can't make it to office hours

          Good luck! Let us know what works for you.