There’s plenty of free after-school tutoring help at Mansfield Senior High School for students who want it.
Study Table opened last week in the media center. Staffed by faculty members, it is available from 2:45 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students may work on their own but if they need help they may turn to one of the teachers on site.
Intervention classes for students who need to pass any or all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test were offered Monday in five different subject-area rooms. Classes taught by faculty are scheduled from 2:50 to 4:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday in these rooms: reading, 1416; math, 2113; writing, 1415; science 1307 or 2410, social studies, 1323.
Winston Greene, the district’s testing coordinator, said all students may take advantage of the assistance that is offered. “Sometimes we have not because we ask not,” Greene said. “Study Table and OGT intervention provide students with another avenue for success. They can get one-on-one instruction that may not always be available during a classroom period. Individualized instruction works for many of our students.”
While Study Table offers help with homework and classroom assignments, OGT intervention prepares students for the state tests the week of Oct. 24. The OGT reading test will be administered on Oct. 24, math on Oct. 25, writing on Oct. 26, science on Oct. 27 and social studies on Oct. 28.
Greene also encourages students to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test on Oct. 19. “The test enables students to practice for the SAT and get feedback about critical academic skills,” he said. “They also can seek information from colleges and universities, enter scholarship competitions and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.” Registration for the test continues and student guides are available. Cost of the exam is $15; waivers will be granted to students who qualify.
Finally, Greene urges students to take advantage of INFOhio, a free internet resource for all students to use from any computer at home or school. The website includes practice tests, courses and reading material to help students improve skills at the elementary, middle and high school levels. It also offers assistance in preparing for the ACT, SAT and PSAT. “The more students practice, the better their chances will be to earn a better score on exams. That could mean more money for college,” Greene said.