Corporate Area students, who will be sitting the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) test in Mathematics later this month, can receive additional support through two math clinics to be held in Kingston.
The clinics, which fall in line with the recent push by the Ministry of Education to increase the number of students passing Mathematics, are being hosted by the Scholastic Knights, five young, bright university students. They are Lancelot William, Stefan Serju, Andrei Riley, Joshimar Hussey and Nicole Henry.
The sessions will be held at the St. Andrew High School for Girls located on 6 Cecelio Avenue, on May 11 and 18, from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. each day. Registration is $2,000 online at email@example.com or $2,300 on the day of the clinic.
Speaking at a JIS Think Tank (May 8), members of the group stated that the clinics are an effort to get students ready for the examination and conquer the fear of Mathematics. It is this fear, they believe, which is preventing students from doing well in the subject.
“Math can be fun. You just need to take some of the time from playing FIFA (football video game) and partying (or other distractions) and just spend a little time doing math because it is fun,” said Stefan Serju.
Joshimar Hussey pointed out that understanding Mathematics and being successful in the subject is not difficult but just needs effort.
“Math is a building subject. You first need to get the basics …if your foundation is weak it will be really hard. That’s where fear comes from but I believe if you get it right at the basic level, it will become easy later, but you still have to put in a lot of work,” he stated.
Joshimar is confident that the Knights can make a difference in reaching the students.
“Because we’re young, we feel we have an advantage and so students can relate to us easily, so we intend to use that to our advantage to help motivate them,” he told JIS News.
Over the two days, the tutors will work with the students in 45-minute sessions to revise the rules of algebra, trigonometry, statistics, graphs, matrices, functions, vectors and other typical problem areas.
There will also be practice with past papers; and tips on studying, retaining information, time management and writing a good examination.
The Scholastic Knights will also offer one-on-one tutoring as they recognise that some students learn better in that kind of setting.
While the clinics are geared specifically towards students sitting CSEC this year, it is also open to all students, who need support in the subject area.
“Anybody that thinks they need that extra preparation, whether they are in third, fourth or fifth form, can come to the clinics and get the help needed,” said LancelotWilliam.
He said that students can also receive assistance by visiting the Knight’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/scholasticknights.
The Scholastic Knights have embraced a culture of success and excellence and have outstanding academic records.
Individually, they have copped several awards including first, second and third place for Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), CSEC, and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean in a variety of subjects including Mathematics, Accounts, Economics, and Caribbean Studies.
Four of the five are currently studying Actuarial Science at the University of the West Indies (UWI), while one is on a year off from studies in the same field.
Contact: O. Rodger Hutchinson