Students Find Formula for Math Help
Roberts and Bundle decided to create their own summer jobs: tutoring fellow students who struggle with math.
“Our math teacher encouraged us to do a summer job that could help us in college and me and my friend didn’t just want an ordinary job and wanted to help kids around the city, so we decided to tutor,” said Roberts.
Both Roberts and Rundle said they’ve seen some of their schoolmates struggle with mathematical concepts and said working continuously on the subject helps student’s test scores.
“Everyone thinks in different ways and for the students who aren’t math oriented, if they just spend a little more time with it, it will pay off,” said Rundle.
Helias High School Principal Sister Jean Dietrich said students should keep their minds active during the summer.
“I think kids need a break, but at the same time, if they can keep in the mode of doing something, like tutoring, it’s helpful,” said Dietrich.
Dietrich added that students sometimes learn better from tutors who are closer to them in age.
“Many times they relate in a way that the instructor doesn't,” she said.
Roberts and Rundle said they hope can make their tutoring efforts add up to better grades for their pupils.
“I just really want to make sure the kids get a good experience and I think it’s going to be a lot better coming from somebody that’s in high school and knows what it’s like,” said Rundle.
Roberts and Rundle said their tutoring sessions are open to students of from around Jefferson City, not just Helias. The tutoring sessions cost $15 an hour. The teen tutors said they will come to the pupils’ homes, meet them at the library, or wherever the students feel most comfortable.