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Students Expand Free Online Math Tutoring

Posted on | April 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Students Expand Free Online Math Tutoring

Mānoa’s Online Learning Academy—in its third year of having Mānoa students provide free, live online math tutoring to Hawaiʻi public school students—is currently piloting a program offering the same services to students attending UH Maui and Hawaiʻi, Kauaʻi and Kapiʻolani. Beginning in fall 2011, the program will be available to students at all UH community colleges throughout Hawaiʻi.
Currently, all 32 OLA tutors are Mānoa students majoring in mathematics or sciences. They are available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday in the program’s “online tutoring room,” which is virtual and does not exist in an actual building. Instead the tutors sign on from their own computers, wherever they are and when they are able to tutor.
There are currently two after-school programs in which computer lab monitors are available to public school students who want to log onto OLA’s online tutoring room to get help from Mānoa tutors. OLA operates year-round and will continue through the summer for students taking summer school math classes. 
“Working for OLA has been incredibly rewarding, because you can help students achieve understanding and success in math in a new and innovative way,” said Elena Moser, an OLA tutor and Mānoa senior. “It’s really convenient for students to log on and ask a tutor for help whenever they’re stuck on a problem without having to go through the hassle of meeting somewhere.”

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