When parents, students and volunteers look at the grades next week there will be a mixture of joy, anguish and indifference. As a tutor/mentor program we'd like to celebrate the good news, try to overcome the lack of interest, and create study plans so that future report cards show improvement.
Where can you go for help?
I encourage you to browse the homework help links on the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) web site. There are study aids in math, science, literature, reading and writing, for every age level.
You don't need to have expertise in higher math to point your student to web sites where experts are posting information to help students solve problems. You do need to find ways to motivate youth to use these resources, when they are here, or at other days of the week when they have access to computers. If we build that into our culture at Cabrini Connections, we can help more students bring good news with their report cards, and with future success in school and life.
Network with other volunteers and share web resources.
Help each other learn what sites are most valuable. Help all of our teens learn to use the on-line homework help resources. Attending a poorly performing school, with a poor teacher is no excuse for not learning everything that a student needs to know. Find a way to motivate teens to take advantage of this learning opportunity is the real challenge all parents, and all teachers and mentors face.
Let us know what works for you. Share your ideas with other volunteers, coordinators and staff.