Rushing to room 404 after school, he sees students in their seats with their textbooks out, ready to be tutored.
“Everyone comes in eager to learn and help,” ellucidates senior National Honor Society (NHS) tutor Mac Bank. “It’s a great way to see the free exchange of ideas and information taking place in such a collaborative fashion. It gives them another perspective because sometimes it’s hard for students to learn from teachers and many have an easier time learning from other students.”
NHS students and teachers dedicate their time after school to tutor their fellow classmates and students. With about twenty to thirty students each day, this tutoring program is held from 2:30 to 4:00 every weekday.
Director of NHS, teacher Julie Honkala elaborates, “Sometimes students relate more to theirs peers than an adult. I think [tutoring] is another way to build relationships with your peers. Students who are struggling academically may need some connection to the classroom or to the school environment beyond just the book and the materials they’re working with.”
“I’ve personally noticed students who have seen positive effects by attending tutoring,” continues Bank. ”Every time I work with a student, I see the light in their eyes when they begin to grasp a concept.”
“It’s really quick, helpful, and beneficial,” describes junior Rama Karkoukli, who has attended some of the tutoring sessions for pre calculus. “I feel like I can finally improve my studying skills by having tutors helping me with what I need. It’s nice to have someone my age helping me understand a subject.”
Teachers Eric Klein and Rebecca Ossenmacher offer their time and skills to manage this after school tutoring program at Bloomfield Hills High School.
Ossenmacher explains, “We have very reliable NHS tutors to help and we have a pretty good system, I think that helps make it a good experience.”
“My goal is to find those students that are falling behind and get them into tutoring early so we can get them caught up,” adds Klein. “Once you fall behind, it’s really hard to get back on track. Especially with a much larger school, it’s [common] for students to fall through the cracks. Creating an extra layer of support in our program to make sure that those kids can be successful is really important this year.”
“I recommend students go to tutoring after school; it’s extremely useful and important. [Students] will feel a lot better about themselves and won’t feel as stressed about studying,” concludes Rama.