Many of us have different reactions to the new tutorial program. Some of us enjoy the time that we get to spend in the quad talking to our friends or rushing to finish that assignment that you “forgot” to do the night before.
Yurika Joi, who is not in mandatory tutorial and has been given the chance to have extended nutrition, said “I like tutorial. I have time to study for other classes. I get to compare answers for homework with other students. It’s time to work on anything.”
There is no doubt that tutorial has greatly affected our campus since it was first introduced last year, in both positive and negative ways. For those of us that have extended nutrition I’m sure we consider there are a lot more positive effects than negative ones. But those who are in mandatory tutorial might disagree.
Senior Yedid Leyva is in mandatory tutorial because of the grades he received last quarter. When asked about how he feels being in a class in which he is currently getting a passing grade in, he said “I think it’s not fair because if we showed we can pass the class we shouldn’t have to be in there. They should give us some free time.”
Adilene Guerrero is not in mandatory tutorial and said “I have tutorial because of my AP Econ grade and I haven’t had that class since December, so now I have to go and be with my teacher for a class that I’m not even in anymore and do nothing. I also don’t like the fact that people get to get their nutrition early and when I go out there’s no good food left.”
I personally enjoy tutorial because I am not forced to be in a classroom working. I do feel like it is wrong, though, that we put people in mandatory tutorial for grades that they received in the past. If grades restart at the semester, giving students a new chance to begin fresh, they should be allowed to enjoy extended break up until they are at risk of failing the class.
Rachel Russell said “I like it because it gives students time to get homework done before their next class and I know we’re supposed to do it at home but some of us have other stuff going on, like the play.”
And for all those who are forced to be in mandatory tutorial, do they actually get their work done? Does having that extra time help them?
Jessica Allyn, who was in mandatory tutorial last quarter, said “Honestly, we sat down and gossiped and didn’t feel pressured to do our work. We knew what needed to do to raise our grade but we pushed it off.”
Even some teachers feel like the tutorial program is flawed in many ways and that it does not truly help those who need it.
Mrs. Sheldon said “I think tutorial provides an opportunity for unassigned students to have study hall but I haven’t seen a change in work habit for those who are assigned.”
Mr. Poveda said “I feel like the tutorial program is an absolute disaster and more students could benefit from it but it doesn’t work. My estimate is that it is only beneficial to 25% of students.”
Mr. Howell said “My problem is different. Kids fail history because they don’t do their work, so it’s not as effective in history classes.”
When it comes to tutorial, everyone has a different point of view. Those who get to enjoy extended tutorial love it while those who are stuck in a class that they may not be failing see it as a waste of time.