BY GOWRI ABHINADA
The Bay’s administration is offering free tutoring for Algebra 1 and Geometry End-of-Course (EOC) exams from Feb. 5 to May 2. Math EOC Skill Development tutoring sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to accommodate students and help them prepare for upcoming exams.
Sophomore Krishna Shaw said he felt attending this tutoring session was beneficial as he was able to acquire more knowledge. This included new tricks to make the problem solving easier.
“The EOC preparation was helpful because [the teachers] are showing me a lot of methods which makes the material much easier,” Shaw said.
Geometry and Algebra 2 teacher Evonne Pankowski she said believes the EOC tutoring is the groundwork for important mental factors needed to pass the test such as believing in one’s abilities for calculations.
“We are holding free tutoring for math EOCs, so students can be well prepared for exams,” Pankowski said. “These sessions offer students educational exposure from a different teacher who uses their personal styles. This may help students grow mathematically which in turn increases their confidence.”
Pankowski said students should take this opportunity into consideration, and the time it takes from one,s day is worth it as it would improve test scores.
“There’s this misconception that [the tutoring] is unhelpful, but that’s not true at all,” Pankowski said. “The resources offered at these sessions are beneficial to students since they are [specific to what is on the EOC].”
Shaw said he held a negative opinion towards the EOC camp until he attended a tutoring session, which he said proved to be beneficial.
“I went to the EOC tutoring sessions initially because my parents told me to; however, my [motivation] completely changed once the session started,” Shaw said.
Pankowski said the free tutoring offered at the Bay creates an effective environment for learning which facilitates in better test scores.
“When I have taught the EOC camps, I have seen positive effects on students because they obtain new learning methods,” Pankowski said. “It’s good for students to have this time to spiral back to concepts that they’ve already learned which are simple, but they may have forgotten and that instantly raises test scores.”
Pankowski said she feels the teachers great at teaching to the test, specifically provide the best results for the children. She also feels the camp caters to each student’s needs.
“The tutoring we hold is extremely helpful as the teachers who teach the sessions are good at what they do,” Pankowski said. “We make sure to run through every concepts and ones of difficulty; we also keep an open environment for questions to make it comfortable for students.”
Freshman Vikram Pai said he heard about the tutoring sessions from his friend who had previously attended them. He said word has spread rapidly around school about the usefulness of this opportunity.
“One of my friends told me about the program and encouraged me to go,” Pai said. “I’m planning on going soon to one of the sessions soon because my friend was very enthusiastic about it.”
Now that he knows about the program, Pai said he feels this tutoring will be beneficial in fine-tuning his skills that have gotten old or he has forgotten.
“As I hear more about it, I believe the tutoring will help me a lot,” said Pai. “It’s basically going over everything that’s going to be on the EOC, so I plan on attending because it’s going to remind me of all previous lessons that I might have forgotten.”
Shaw, after experiencing these alternate methods, is planning on returning for more tutoring sessions as it is a way for him to develop and expand his geometry skills with his schedule. “The tutoring sessions fit my schedule, since there are so many options of days, I went to two sessions within the past month and I plan to continue going in the future,” Shaw said. “I’m really motivated to attend because I now know it’s beneficial to help me for my exams.”