Homework Club

Homework Club

Help students improve their attitude toward school and their academic achievement by providing an atmosphere conducive for studying, physical resources to enable academic progress, and tutors to guide students as they learn.

1. Set aside an area of the library dedicated for study during set hours each week. In most branches this would be the meeting room. These hours and days would be different for each branch, designed to work with the schedule of the student population served by the branch. (Setting aside computers is under resources.)

2. Makes resources available to tutors and students
- Smart board with projector & laptop for use by tutors (Educational games could easily be done from the Internet for younger students through this set up. Training on how to use databases, introducing Homework Help or tutors’ own presentations could be shown.)
- White board for use by tutors and students
- DVD player and TV for educational DVD instruction
- Set aside computers for student study use during peak study hours (could “book computers for a class” and log the students in). (Dedicated computers purchased for use only in the study area would not be necessary, but it would be an option if funding permitted.)
- Standard Deviant DVDs (collection set aside similar to a GAB collection)
- A dedicated collection of study resource books such as Schaum’s Outlines and Research & Education Association (REA) study guides, etc. (collection set aside similar to a GAB collection)
- Paper and pencils

3. Have a branch Volunteer Coordinator (most likely YA Librarian) line up and supervise tutors with help from Youth Services
- Youth Services (Central) would post general guidelines and recruitment information on LAPL website to recruit both adults (retired teachers, businessmen, scientists, etc) and youth to serve as tutors as well as to publicize the homework help centers. Recruitment posters would also be posted in local branches.
- Youth Services (Central) would have the Library Foundation or some other agency provide livescan fingerprinting costs if necessary (for any adults).
- Youth Services would provide a periodic orientation to all new tutors.
- Volunteer Coordinator would liaison with local schools to recruit honor students who are interested in volunteering community service hours to tutor.
- Volunteer Coordinator would conduct local screening of grade school and high school students to eliminate potential problems.
- Volunteer Coordinator would conduct local orientation for tutors.
- Volunteer Coordinator would appoint designated volunteers to supervise the study room at all times the Homework Club is open for business.
- Volunteer Coordinator would be responsible for gathering data to document the success of the program. Success of the program would be monitored by periodic survey assessment to gauge the attitude of the students participating. Academic achievement could be monitored with the cooperation of the student’s school with parental permission no doubt required. A less formal input could be observations gathered from the involved students’ teachers.

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