by Anju Ito, Staff Writer

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Johnny Nguyen (’19) helps out a fellow student with his Spanish homework at the After School Academic Assistance Program. Photo by Laura Le.

Last week, the new replacement for the previous homework club known as the After-school Academic Assistance Program (AAAP) was started in the Fountain Valley High School’s (FVHS) media center.

The new program is going to take place every week at the library from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Thursday after school. There, students are able to get help for different subjects from volunteer student tutors, who mainly come from the clubs California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Math Olympiad and Science Olympiad.

In the library, different tables have labels for different subjects, and students can go to the respective tables with the subjects they don’t understand in order to get help for them.

Unlike last year’s homework club, this program offers a more individual help for students from the many tutors, and allows students to have a place to study where they can use resources such as the computers in the library, which they might not have access to at home. In addition, it is more convenient, as students can get help on any of the subject that they don’t understand, instead of a few specific ones from one teacher.

 

“Last year’s homework club, personally, I was not involved, but I heard it was only the teacher tutoring. It wasn’t really peer to peer,” said Thang Phan (‘17), president of Math Olympiad. “More people can be helped because now students are helping students, not just the teacher helping the students.”

Although the new system had been planned out for some time, it took a while in order to actually begin due to processes that the school needed to go through in order to hire teachers to supervise the library, as it takes place after school hours.

 

In addition, students are also able to use the computers for tutor.com if the students have an account, since some students may not have access to online resources at home.

Any student is able to come in and leave whenever they want in order to do homework there, but the program is solely for academic purposes, and students are not allowed to do other things during the program.

 

Steve Eggert, computer science and economics teacher, had said that he hoped for the new program to be a larger program that is able to serve more students with more resources.

 

Anyone who wants to help tutor in the AAAP can volunteer, and he or she will be able to get government volunteer hours, even if he or she is not a member of the CSF, Math Olympiad or Science Olympiad.

 

In addition to the free tutoring that students can receive, individual paid tutors can also tutor there using that time in the library. These tutors can be found on the library’s tutor list, and are one-on-one paid tutors, unlike the free volunteer tutors who may be helping several people at once.
“I think this new program is a really good program. It’s really beneficial because I think it has all the taste of tutoring club like kids get assistance, all of that, but I heard that we as students will also seek out students who need help,” said Phan.

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