Math labs provide extra assistance

Teachers offer tutoring sessions as a chance to seek additional help


Madelyn Knight

Math teacher Jack Williams tutors math students after school.

Rachel Bayler, Reporter

As Senior Mark Carlson found himself struggling to stay focused while doing math homework, he turned to friends and the internet.

Fortunately, SHS offers a solution for students who find themselves struggling in similar situations.

Math labs are a chance for students to seek the help they need outside of class.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 5 to 7, math labs are held in various math teachers’ classes at SHS and PMHS.

Math teacher Kelly Nickson says she enjoys doing math labs because they give her an opportunity to help both her own students and those of other teachers.

“It benefits them by giving them more one-on-one time with a teacher,” Nickson said. “ If math lab is hosted by a teacher they don’t currently have for their math class, it might actually give them another way to approach a problem.”

The class sizes for math labs are often small, providing the students that do take part with more of an individual experience.

“Typically, the (class) size in a math lab never got above maybe 5 or 6 students,” Nickson said.

Carlson says Math Labs are a way to get his homework done without having to worry about being distracted. He found that it really helped him catch up after being absent a few days.

“If you’re having any difficulty with math, you’re not understanding it, just play it safe and go in there,” Carlson said.

The locations of the week’s Math Labs are posted on the Math department’s Twitter, @SHS_MathDept. Students are not required to stay for the whole two hours. The 5 to 7 p.m. time frame is left open, this means students can stay the whole time or come in for help on one or two problems.

It is also held at Perry Meridian every Monday and Thursday at the same time. This provides students with an opportunity to get the tutoring they need within the community.

“I really encourage students to come and use that resource because I’m here, the other teachers that do it are here, no matter whether we get six or zero students or 20 students,” said Nickson. “We would love to have more people come and use that resource since we’re here anyway.”