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Tutorial Buses: Improving Your Grades

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Zoe Parker, Debakey, 2017

Dear HISD,

As the time for standardized testing nears, the principal at Debakey has been emphasizing more and more that students should be attending tutorials in order to get the extra help they need.  But how can students attend tutorials if they don’t have a way to get back home?

I think that all schools should provide schools bus service for students who attend after-school tutorials.  Many students do not attend tutorials because they may not have a way to get back home.  I, personally, skip tutorials sometimes because if I were to attend tutorials on Monday, Tuesday,or Thursday, my mom may not be able to pick me up or I wouldn’t get home until about 8:30 or 9:00. Being a student at Debakey, I need all the homework time I can get.  If my school allowed buses to come for tutorial students, I would attend tutorials a lot more.  Additionally, I think it would be very helpful to those who only need that extra push that could get their average to the next letter grade.

Not having buses for after school tutorials leaves kids without a ride with no choice but to skip tutoring and go home. As a result,there are  more kids that are not getting the help that could get them where they need to be academically.  I have personally suffered from this when I needed help preparing for a quiz in Algebra 2.  There was a quiz the next class, but I didn’t understand the concept.  However, I didn’t want to go to tutorials because I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it home until after 8:00.  So, I didn’t go that day and tried my best to learn the concept from the book, but I eventually gave up after becoming frustrated.

Improving the transportation system by having buses for tutorial students will have great academic implications for students.  It will allow them to get help as needed without the inconvenience of getting home late and so they won’t have to risk failing the next quiz.  Furthermore, it will motivate them to attend tutorials when they need help in the future once they see how much of an improvement they have on their grades.  I really hope that HISD really takes this idea into consideration.  This advancement could be the change that improves the academic performance of students all over HISD.

Sincerely,

Zoe

 

6 comments on “Tutorial Buses: Improving Your Grades

  1. Janet Asante
    March 26, 2015

    I completely agree with this post. Those after school buses would allow me to start staying everyday if i could.

  2. Alfredo Moreno
    March 26, 2015

    I am all for this idea. Not only will it motivate me to get the help if I need it, I could get my questions answered if I have them.

  3. Ashley Dao
    March 28, 2015

    I love the idea of having a round of buses available for after tutorials because it would no doubt vastly improve student performance. Judging by the fact that students attending DeBakey are from all over Houston, we can assume that many other schools in HISD also have a student population from numerous parts of the city. It would make great sense to put this idea in motion to give the many bus-riders in the district, including me, the opportunity and incentive to supplement our education with tutorials.

  4. Raquel Douglas
    March 30, 2015

    Galena Park ISD provides school buses for all students who have tutorials or athletics after school.

    Then again, GPISD is geographically and population-wise waaaaay smaller than HISD.

  5. Anonymous
    March 31, 2015

    One of the reasons I actually never did sports was because I didn’t have a ride home afterwards.

  6. Anonymous
    March 31, 2015

    This is definitely needed. One of the reasons I actually never did sports was because I didn’t have a ride home afterwards.

    HISD should make sure this can happen.

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