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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus students were given the opportunity to take part in Florida Polytechnic University’s new Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) program.
This program was introduced in Sept. 2020 to assist teachers during the pandemic by reinforcing ideas taught in class. The program is part of Florida Polytechnic STEM NATION and tutoring takes place through the learning assistance tool KNACK.
Trained learning assistants virtually tutor students in AP calculus classes.
The goal of this program is to help students build efficient study habits and no longer need the help of the learning assistant. This program also sets the foundation for success through college.
Only about a dozen schools were given the opportunity to participate in Florida, including LRHS. Florida Polytechnic hopes to expand this program to more schools in the coming semester.
One benefit of the program is the small class sizes.
Junior Anastasia Jenkins said, “I prefer the small class size as I feel there is more time to ask questions and really review and understand the concept.”
The LRHS AP Calculus learning assistant is Bredi Aranya. Aranya is a student at Florida Polytechnic University and tutors in AP calculus AB and BC.
Aranya stated, “I believe that this program gives an amazing opportunity for all the students who attend our sessions. Those who participate have shown an impressive improvement in their grades, which is the major goal of our program.”
There are multiple tutoring sessions throughout the week, based on an individual’s availability and needs.
Once registered, each student is assigned a specific day and time of the week to attend. The sessions’ costs are covered through Florida Polytechnic and are free for high school students.
Jenkins said, “This program helps me grasp the topic better because of the extra practice and aid from Aranya. It has been very helpful, and I plan on continuing for the rest of the school year.”