I Have a Tutor!

Her name is Lauren Sittler. She's a senior, and she's very good at math. Her first love is probably horses -- she has a pony named Munchkin -- but her second love could be math. "I just like that it’s so logical...that every problem has an answer," she said.

The school connects math prodigies with other students who want or need help. Everyone involved gets extra credit, and there is time built into the schedule to meet. So every other day, Lauren sits down with me after Algebra II class and chimes in if I have questions about the absolute value functions we've been studying.

She's taking three Advanced Placement classes this year, including AB Calculus. And she's busy applying for colleges, hoping to get into a biology program that will put her on track to be an equine veterinarian. Her chances look pretty good with a 4-point-plus GPA and a 2100 on the SAT.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  October 31, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Class Time
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Comments



Do you need a tutor?

If not, your tutor could help other students.

Posted by: cs2007 | October 31, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Just a thought, the guy on the Redskins who figures out when to go for two might make a good guest speaker for an algebra class.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/10/redskins_and_two-point_convers.html

It's not like she's not going to graduate if she doesn't pass, but the point of the blog is for her to be re-experiencing high school math. For a lot of students, part of the experience is having a tutor and interacting with them. And if Lauren is a really good math student, she might even have an interesting perspective to contribute.

Going back a couple of blogs, I've always thought that if you could do a good job of explaining something to another student, you probably had a pretty good understanding of it yourself (as opposed to just being able to memorize it). It would be interesting to show Lauren that column and comments and get her take on the topic.

Posted by: tomsing | October 31, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I have 2 kids in high school. Both are honor roll students, but math is neither their strongest nor their favorite subject. It has been a real struggle figuring out class placement that works. The "regular" math class is too simplistic and the only other option, the advanced class, is very advanced. Have others had this experience and how did you handle it? It seems like there needs to be a third track in the middle of the two extremes.

Posted by: hockeymom3 | November 3, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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