Lodi students have survived the first quarter for the school year. The reality of their study skills will become evident as soon as parents find those familiar report card forms in the mail.
This early in the year, it's not too late to turn around falling grade-point averages. There are several free tutoring and homework help options in Lodi, as well as two professional learning centers.
Lodi Public Library
The library runs a homework help center in the Children's Activity Room during the week. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade can work with volunteer tutors on tricky homework assignments.
The help is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
Lodi Middle School and Millswood Middle School both offer the Bridge program, an afterschool event to offer a safe zone for kids. The program requires students to spend an hour on homework assignments before moving on to other activities. Teachers and volunteers are on hand to help with questions. The program runs five days a week.
Students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program receive afterschool tutoring at both schools.
Several teachers open up their classrooms on a casual basis for questions or test prep after school. Ask your student's teacher if that's a possibility.
Intervention programs start in the second quarter for students with a D or F on their report card.
Lodi High School offers free tutorials for math on Mondays through Thursdays after school. For any other department, check with the counseling office.
Counselors also keep a list of local private tutors willing to meet with students one-on-one for a fee. Check their list for more information.
Tokay High School offers tutoring at least once a week in chemistry, Spanish, English and several levels of math. Sessions begin immediately after school and are open to all students. Visit tokay.lodiusd.net for the full list of tutoring times and locations.
Many teachers will provide tutoring on an arranged basis. Don't hesitate to ask.
Professional learning centers
For more focused and customized tutoring options, Lodi has two learning centers currently in operation.
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Lodi offers enrichment programs as well as sessions for students needing to catch up to grade level. For more information, call 209-333-8022 or visit www.kumon.com. Pricing information was not available.
The Harp Institute provides study skills and focuses on how children learn to help them learn better. Contact the institute at 209-356-0950 or visit www.harpinstitue.com. Packages start at $175 a month and go up to $550, depending on the number of sessions per week.