If you are having difficulty in a class the first thing to do is meet with your teacher. Ask to set up a time before/after school when you can get some additional help. Come prepared with questions and concerns!
Other tips for improving your grades:
- At the beginning of each term make sure you know all of your teachers' policies. For example: Where do you go for make-up work when you missed a day? What is the late work policy? Can you ask for extensions? Is extra credit offered? How are final grades determined?
- Keep a separate folder and notebook for each class. Keep everything! Your folder should include the syllabus, assignment sheets, notes and returned homework.
- Identify at least one student in each class you can call for questions/help.
- Use your planner (or your own organizational system) for keeping track of deadlines.
- If your study habits are not getting you the grades you want, evaluate them. Use what works, discard what doesn't!
- Make connections in what you are learning - look for ways your science labs are connected to what you are studying in history, read the newspaper and look for connections between the themes in your literature assignments and current events.
Link Crew is a transition program for freshmen students. Hand-picked Juniors and Seniors are trained to become Link Leaders to provide support to freshmen. Link Leaders meet with the same group of freshmen once a month to mentor them in successful high school strategies. Link Leaders also invite freshmen to school events and encourage a positive school environment. If you would like to find out more about connecting your freshmen student to their Link Leader, contact the coordinators:
Students are invited to make appointments with teachers after-school for at least 30 minutes to receive homework help, discuss their grades, and make up assignments and/or tests. Students are eligible to receive a city bus token afterwards. Talk with your individual teacher to make an appointment.
The Academic Behavior Support Center, room 1106, (located near the front of the school) provides open homework help Mondays thru Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Tutors are available, as well as computers, textbooks and supplies. Students must be working for at least 30 minutes to be eligible for a city bus token as well as an after-school snack. The Sanneh Foundation provides personnel for this program.
- Program Coordinator: Lisa Carton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Paul Public Library Homework Rescue
Homework Rescue provides a variety of free tutoring services in both English and Spanish. One-to-one online homework help is available every day from 1-11pm. All you need to do is go to: www.sppl.org/services/homework-help/homework-rescue and log on with your library bar code, or go to any St Paul Library for more information.
The Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is a tutoring center with a twist! The MOI, located on University Ave and Randolph (2388 University Ave W), provides free after-school tutoring for high school students Mondays thru Fridays from 3:00-4:30pm. The MOI has partnered with Como High School to bring tutors to freshmen classrooms on Fridays. They are uniquely disguised as an Oceanographic Institute to add quirkiness to their center. For more information, contact at 613-367-7827.
Teacher Day(s) Time Room Subject
Adair, Dylan M, W 2-3:30 1221 Biology, AVID
Adam, Abdisalam F 2-3:30 1420 Any
Asher, Robyn M, W, TH 2-4:00 1221 Biology
Bade, Maryclare M, W, TH 2-3:00 1215 Health
Belair, Lori M by appt 1212 Clothing Tech, Culinary Arts, Child Development
Boehm-Turner, Abigail M, W, TH, F 2-2:35 1420 English 9 & 11
Boyer, Elizabeth M, W, F 2:00-3:30 1431 English 9, 10, 12
Buckle, Traci TH 2-3:00 1433
Carpenter, Nancy W 2-3:00 Intermediate Algebra, Algebra 2, PreCalculus
Cialek, Grace W/M, TH, F by appt 2427 Reading
Cohen, Risa M, W, TH 2:15-3:15 2429 Reading
Crandall, Jamie TH 2-3:30 1424 English
Crandall, Jamie M, W 2-3:30 Library English
Fields, Jonah W by appt 1222 Algebra, English, History
Foley, Major M,T, TH, F 11:00-2:00 1218 JROTC
Hartzell, Allison M, W, TH 2-2:45 or by appt 2429 English, AVID
Hastings, Sheri M, W, TH, F 2-3:00 2428 English
Hofer, Rosemary M, W, TH 2-3:00 2426 Math, AVID
Jacoway, Katrina T, W by appt 1423 Reading, English
Kahn, Kathy M, TH by appt 1219 Biology
Karimi, Abdo M, W 2-3:30 1410 Algebra, Science
Kirkland, Major M 2-6PM 1218 JROTC
Kuznetsov, Sonya W 2-2:45 1202 English 9 and Reading
Larson, Steve M, W, TH, F 2:00-3:00 (by appt) 1430 Physical Science
Lo, Teng M, W, TH 2-3:30 1405 Physical Science, Physics
Lowther, Lindsay M, W, TH, F 2:15-3:15 1404 Science
Luby, Elizabeth M, W, TH, F 2-3:00 1408 Chemistry/Anatomy/Physiology
Magnuson, Roy M-F by appointment 1430 History
Malady, Jessica M, W, TH 2-3:15 1217 Biology
Marsh, Colin W, TH, F by appointment 2420 Math, Physics
Teacher Day(s) Time Room Subject
McIntyre, Jason M, W, TH 2-3:00 1220 Art
Meister, Kristin, M, W, TH, F 2-3:00 1426 English
Meyer, Jackie M, W 2-3:15 2433 Geography
Norberg, Donna M, TH 2-3:00 1406 Science
Ouverson, Kirstyn M, W, TH 2-5:00 (by appt) 1431 English
Paone, Elizabeth M, W, TH 2-3:00 1430, 1429 History
Peterson, Kirsten M, W, F 2-3:30 (by appt) 1416 Spanish
Powers, Steven M, W, TH 2:15-3:30 1427 History
Ringaman, Bruce W 2-3:30 2430 Math
Schmidt, Barb M, TH 2-3:00 2418 Geometry
Storelee, Shelly TH, F 2-4:00 1411 Spanish
Susens, Suzanne M-F 2-4:00 1412 ELL
Teefy, Patricia M, W, TH, F 2-3:15 1415 French
You may make an appointment with any of these teachers for help even if they are not your teacher. When you see them after school and work with them for 30 minutes or more, you are eligible to receive a bus token for any Metro Transit bus or train.
St. Paul Public Library
Drop in tutoring and a quiet place to study are available at various sites and time. http://www.stpaul.lib.mn.us/homework/
High School Hub
An online resource that can provide help with your academics. http://highschoolace.com/ace/ace.cf