What is Math Lab? Who is it for? When is it open? Mr. Bonanza, Upper School math instructor and Math Lab coach, dispels the most common myths among students and parents about this fantastic, yet under-utilized, academic coaching opportunity.
Myth #1: Only students who are having trouble in math should go to Math Lab.
Truth: Any student who would like help with or even just a space dedicated to completing assignments, studying for tests, preparing for SAT/ACT, can benefit from Math Lab.
It’s also an opportunity for students to get answers to their questions without having to wait until the next day’s class. It can be very frustrating for a student to feel confident about an assignment when leaving class, only to start the homework assignment at home and have limited options when he or she gets stuck. In fact, research into the science of learning suggests that having a false confidence about a topic is very detrimental to the learning process. The Math Lab addresses that problem sooner, rather than later.
Myth #2: If I go to Math Lab, my parents will have to pay more.
Truth: Math Lab is a FREE program for any HT Upper School student to practice anything math-related.
In fact, the Math Lab is also a great way to make productive use of idle time before/after school and possibly to avoid spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on private tutors. While the Math Lab is not 1-on-1, most students get all of their questions answered and are encouraged to use the help of instructors only as a supplement to their own independent practice, rather than relying too heavily on a tutor who is focused exclusively on one student.
Myth #3: Math Lab is never open when I need to go.
Truth: Math Lab is open five days a week: Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Tuesdays/Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
Myth #4: Math Lab is taught exclusively by students.
Truth: Mr. Bonanza, Upper School math teacher as well as a volunteer tutor from HT’s math honor society, and peers from all grade levels, are available to help students in Math Lab.
Myth #5: Math Lab is only for doing homework.
Truth: Math Lab can also help students prepare for the SAT and ACT. Mr. Bonanza scored 800 on the SAT Math in high school and is available to help students do two things to prepare for the math portions of these tests. First, students need to excel in their current math classes. Second, he can help them solve practice problems from a practice book or work with Khan Academy’s free online SAT prep program.
Myth #6: Students don’t need to go to Math Lab until they get to high school.
Truth: Junior high math is critical because it is the foundation of everything students will learn in high school math classes. It can be challenging to keep up with the pace of advanced high school math classes, and students who build a solid foundation in junior high have a huge advantage.
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