A. Introduction to the Program
Each participant is toured and oriented through the facility explaining the different facets of the program. Included is a quick screen for possible full illiteracy, where the participant has little or no ability to read or write. If this is the case, he or she is started on The HELP Literacy Course before the testing step is done. If the participant has no basic understanding of the English language, the first step is ESL (English as a Second Language).
The CTBS (Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills) from McGraw-Hill is the utilized testing system which establishes exactly what level of reading, comprehension and math skills the student has. This is used for both pre- and post-testing.
A comprehensive personal interview is done with the participant to determine his difficulties, interests and dislikes as they relate to his education and in life. This interview isolates for the tutor/mentor what problems the participant has and enables the HELP tutor to create an individualized program that will remedy the participant’s difficulties. An interview is also conducted with the participant at the end of the program, which ensures that he has achieved his goals. The participant then writes his own Success Story detailing in his own words the “wins” he has had on the program.
D. Scheduling—Access to the Program
As a result of the extended hours, the participants can be scheduled based around their work and/or school schedule. HELP is located on a number of major bus lines, one block from the Red Line Metro station with a street-level entrance that is handicap accessible. Street parking and local public parking is also available.
E. Individual Programming
Once the first three steps are completed, the results are used to create a step-by-step, individually tailored program for that participant. This program includes a full understanding of primary educational words and concepts, phonics, study and learning skills, math and other subject tutoring. A student folder is created and used to keep track of and monitor the student’s daily progress.
F. Program Components
An individual program may have many elements, depending on the needs of the participant. The following is a brief description of the components of the program:
- Basic Math Tutoring
- Reading & Literacy:
- English as a Second Language
- Study Skills:
- Communication Skills
- Subject Tutoring
HELP offers tutoring in reading and math as well as courses in communication and study skills based on the Study Technology developed by author and educator, L. Ron Hubbard.
Testing is generally conducted after the participant has completed the Literacy and Study Skills section as well as after he or she has completed the Math section. There is a final test at the completion of the program.
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