What is Tutorial? It is 29 minutes, 4 days out of the week, where students can get extra help directly from their teachers without missing out on lunch activities. The tutorial period is built into our regular bell schedule, occurring directly after 4th period and before lunch. Teachers may request to see a specific student by stamping their planner. However, students can also choose to attend tutorial to ask for extra help, as long as the classroom is open.
How do I know if my teacher has an open classroom?Every classroom has a purple tutorial schedule, you can also simply ask your teacher to come in that day. Also note that certain subjects have priority on certain days of the week:
Mondays – Social Studies and PE
Wednesdays – English
Thursdays – Math
Fridays – Science and Electives
Why should you go for extra help – even when you think you might not need it? The brain works like a muscle – the more you use it the stronger it becomes. “The harder you work, the smarter you get. To become a great basketball player or excellent at solving algebra problems, you need to practice over and over" A Good Road, by Dr. Jonathan Brennan.
How do you ask for help? Go to Tutorial with an idea of where you are struggling, or with questions to ask so that you use the teacher’s time wisely.
Ways to ask for help:
- Repeat it back. “So I think photosynthesis works like this ….. is this correct?” This will allow the teacher to correct any mistakes in understanding
- Specific clarification. “Can we go over why the Schism in Islam happened? ” Do not simply say that you did not understand the entire lesson. It should be specific to an incident and what the student needs clarification on.
- Request resources. “Do you know of additional resources that describe isolating the variable?”
- Ask for an expanded/clarified definition. “Can you explain how to recognize iambic pentameter?”
- Assignment specific help. Ask for clarification on what is expected and the best way to complete the assignment.
- Study skills help. “This is how I have been studying for your tests …. can you suggest other methods”