Who is required to see a tutor?
Any student who is getting under a 2.5 GPA and/or is performing at a C+ or below in Math, English, and/or Science classes must see a tutor for the subject(s) they are performing poorly in. Students who have higher GPAs or better than a C+ may still come to tutoring sessions if they choose to.
Students may also be recommended by their parents, counselors, teachers, to take tutoring lessons, if they are not performing well in those subjects in spite of a B- or higher.
How often must a student see a tutor?
Students will be required to see a tutor one session a week per subject.
What if I bring my GPA and class grades up?
Grades and GPA will be evaluate on a semester-by-semester basis. Any student who brings their grades and GPA above required amounts will no longer have to see a tutor.
When are these sessions offered?
Session are offered during Cardinal Time, Lunch (in very rare cases), and After School. Sessions will not be held on the following dates:
HMHS: March 12, April 9, May 7, June 6 (last day)
FHS: March 7, April 4
HMHS: March 27-28
FHS: April 18, 21 and 22
What happens if I miss a session?
Any absence will be treated like a missed program. Unless it is made up a stipend reduction may result.
Students who miss a tutoring session are expected to be responsible for make-up arrangements within two weeks of the missed session. Students with habitual unexcused absences are subject to being placed on probationary status.
If a student
fails to attend a session without advance notice, and they are the only student
scheduled to attend that session, their stipend check will be reduced by an
amount equivalent to an hour of tutor wages.
The time you have selected does not work for me, what should I do?
Contact program staff to see what other options are available.
If extracurricular activities or after-school employment interfere with the tutoring schedule, please inform the UBMS program staff as soon as possible for necessary arrangements. For any other attendance matters, please consult the policies of the UBMS Handbook. Students are required to have tutors’ permission to leave tutoring sessions.
Can I have a tutor before school?
Due to the availability of our tutors, this isn’t a possibility at this time.
What if my tutor isn’t helpful?
Work with them to figure out why you aren’t feeling like they’re helpful. If you are unable to determine the problem, talk with program staff.
I am required to go to tutoring, but don’t feel that I need to. Now what?
We have set specific parameters to determine need. If you feel that you don’t need a tutor communicate with UBMS staff and work to raise your GPA and grades.
Will I have a tutor this summer if I’m in summer school?
At this point in time there is not a plan to have tutors during the summer session. However, if you have a need, contact program staff.
I’m already seeing a tutor/teacher for areas of need. Do I still have to come?
If you are seeing teacher for help, we will need confirmation from that teacher each time you meet. If you are seeing a peer tutor, we need confirmation from your school counselor each time you meet.
I’m not required to see a tutor but still want to. Can I come anyway?
Yes, you may, but no more than an hour a week. However, you must provide advance notice for the days you will
need to come. We want to make sure there is a tutor available for the subject
that you need.
What subjects are being offered?
Currently, math, science, and English.
Why is 2.5 your cutoff?
We are required by the Department of Education to meet specific standards. A certain number of our students must have a GPA higher than 2.5 each year. Any student who has a GPA higher than 2.5 may still see a tutor if they wish.
Will I get a larger stipend check if I attend more sessions?
Unfortunately, you will not get more money for coming to more sessions.
Can I be a tutor if my grades are high enough?
If you are performing well and would like to help your fellow UBMS students, you are more than welcome to come to sessions to help.
Do I have to stay the whole time if I feel like I got what I needed?
Will my session be one on one or shared with other students?
Multiple students will be at sessions, however you will be able to get one on one help.
Do I have to make an appointment?
You will be/have been paired based on need and tutor availiablity.
Can I just drop in?
You may, so long as you are aware that tutors may already have scheduled sessions.
Will I get the same tutor every time?
Tutors will have consistent schedules. If you do or don’t like a specific tutor, communicate with UBMS staff.
How do I prepare for my tutoring session?
Bring the homework you need help with, your Chromebook, your text book, and any questions that you have. Read over material before you meet with a tutor.
Can my non-UBMS friend come to tutoring sessions for help?
Due to the nature of our federal funding, we will be unable to accommodate non-UBMS students. If you know of someone who wants to receive tutoring services, you may refer them to their school counselor or encourage them to apply to join the program.
How much does this cost?
As with all of our other services, there is no cost for tutoring. However, if you fail to show up to a session without prior notice, the wages of the tutor will come out of your stipend check.
What is the purpose of tutoring?
To help our students gain more understanding of subject areas with which they are struggling. This will in turn lead to higher grades, better GPAs, and networking which will lead to more opportunities to get scholarships and get into college.
My tutor isn’t helpful, what do I do?
If there is any type of unsatisfactory results about the UBMS services, please inform the UBMS staff immediately after they are noticed.
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