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The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 18, 2002, Image 4

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Applications are due Friday, March 29th! 4.0 Sk @@ The week of March 17 - March 21 Acct 209 Part 1 of 2 Tuc Mar 19 9pm-I2am Part 2 of 2 Wed Mar 20 9ptn-12am Acct 230 Part 1 of 3 Tuc Mar 19 7pm-9pm Part 2 of 3 Wed Mar 20 7pm-9pm Part 3 of 3 Thu Mar 21 7pin-9pm Next Week Econ 203, Mgmt 209/211,309/f 363, Phys ! 202 Ctiem 107 Mawk Test Review Sun Mar 17 6pm-9pm Chem 107 Mawk Part 1 .Mon Mar 18 6pni-9pm Part II Tuc Mar 19 6pm-9pm Part Hi Wed Mar 20 6pm-9pm Econ 202 Allen Part 1 of 3 Tuc Mar 19 5pm-7pn» Part 2 of 3 Wed Mar 21 5pm-7pm Part 3 of 3 Thu Mar 22 5pm-7pm Math 131 Part 1 Mon Mar 18 fipm-8pm Part 11 Tuc Mar 19 6pm-9pm Math 142 Part 1 Sun Mar 17 4pm-7pm Part H Mon Mar 18 lOpm-lam Part HI T uc Mar 19 10pm-lam Old Tests Wed Mar 20 10pm-lam Math 151 Part l Sun Mar 17 10pm-lam Part II Mon Mar 18 8pin-t0pm Part HI T uc Mar 19 8pm-10pm Old Tests Wed Mar 20 8pm-10pni Math 152 Part I Sun Mar 17 7 pm-10pm Part II Mon Mar 18 6pm»8pm Part HI T uc Mar 19 6pm-8pm Old Tests Wed Mar 20 6pm-8pm Math 251 Part 1 Mon Mar 18 8pm-12am Part 11 Tuc Mar 19 9pm-l2am Tickets g< Check our wet on sale Sunday a SW Pkwy and 1 page at http:// 3:30 p.m. 4.0 & G x Ave, behind KFC www.4.0andGo o is located on the next to Lack’s, .com or call 69! comer of 5-8886{TUTOR) Need a new CREATIVE OUTLET? Basement of the MSC 845-1631 LjUL* \Tr> ■V,. Monday, March 18, 2002 Making the Gradi Students turn to tutoring services to better grades By Katy Walden THE BATTALION Seeing a recurring tutoring service fee on a credit card statement can make a parent wonder if their child is going to class. But after midterm grades have been sent home and there is a smile on their face, parents may wonder why they did not have the service when they were in college. Tutoring sessions, which students pay to attend, seem to be attracting higher numbers and higher grades. With strong study skills required for many classes at Texas A&M. the book and lec ture notes may be not enough for students to pass. “There are different ways of expressing the same problem and same idea as professors,” said the A+ Tutoring owner, who wants to be know as “Alf ’ by his students. “If you can break it down to explain why things happen, students can understand it better.” Alf, who has been tutoring since his freshman year of high school, said he has always been able to relate to students and help them grasp concepts. As owner of A+ Tutoring, and formerly the sole tutor before hiring others last year, Alf said he has worked hard to make a dif ference in students’ understanding. “This business was first started on the idea of exam review ” Alf said. “When stu dents started, you’d just get the answer to the test. I decided to make a change. The difference now is, you get the concepts and not the answers.” Many students are hesitant to pay for outside tutoring services, but others believe that outside lectures are necessary to get through difficult courses. Lee Phillips, a sophomore biomedical engineering major, said he would not have passed without Alf. “In Physics 208 I had this really strange professor, who would give weird questions on the test that I wouldn’t have been familiar with at all without his help from the sessions,” Phillips said. Since last summer, when Phillips first attended A+ Tutoring, he has become a season pass holder and taken Physics 208, Chemistry 102 and Chemistry 227. "The w eek before the test I go from anywhere betue six. two hour sessions, and then read the chapters in J Phillips said. “It isn’t cramming at all, it is getting simp rial and understanding concepts.” Some students think outside tutoring services areawa answers to a test. Expecting to be given the key toapen : grade in one packet of test questions is a fallacy m. services strongly disagree with. Luke Bradicich, a tutor at 4.0 and Go, said somepr tutors only give answers for tests. Bradicich said there are generally two types of stude for tutoring at a review session before a test: those whocrr and those w ho have studied the material and want tom- cepts better. Tiffany Clifton, a freshman petroleum engineeringmas did not study for a Math 141 test after the tutoring sessier Go and did poorly on the test. A number of students who attend these sessions nv happy w ith the material from the extra lectures. Michael Priesler, a freshman mechanical engineering the benefits from paying additional money for help outwc. of a bad r “It giv* w hat is or, that you. ; mails get. said. “You the tricks ;:,- go ovet it. actually hr through p: time.” Frcqr question' . key pok'. cial trict rize bek: can give •. advantage' ty to tele: -i special an exam crj the presir i ing at a ■ ron and not knowing where to start. “When l sit down I’m calm, and I’m ready to stair Priesler said. Priesler said after going to tutoring he has a goodfe walking into the test, because he knows he has cover; material. “You feel like you have an idea for what’s on the to walking in blind.” Preisler said. The tutor’s ability to understand professors and kr relate to students comes from personal experience of sr same seats and learning the material. “The main thing is, all of our tutors are not new a they’ve either taught or tutored students before.'' Bradicic they have years of experience, and they are Aggies hIx 1 '' Aggie way," Bradicich said. no t e) It LUSTRATION BY Ji NNIFI K WIDI Nl R* Don't Miss 2 for 1 Ticket Offer in Tuesday's Batt! PORGY AND BESS . Broadway Musicol or Op eral Both! While the classificah’on of George 5 * Ira Gershwin's masterpiece has been debated si 11 '’ its premiere over 65 years ago, MSC Ou invites you to judge for yourself. Experience^ exuberance of Gershwin's enduring meliA like "Summertime," "I Got Plenty 'o Nutti 5 and "My Man's Gone Now" as sung by ^ inhabitants of Catfish Row. Decide for youw Is it an unforgettable night at the opera magical night on Broadway? MSC OPAS presents PORGY AND BESS Tuesday ^ Wednesday, March 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM in Auditorium. For tickets, please call 845-1234 or purchase^ line at PATRICIA S. PETERS LAGNIAPPE LECTURE SERIES Join us for an informal discussion previewing PORGY AND BESS. Part of the Patricia S. Peters Lagniappe Lecture Series and presented by The OPAS Guild, the discussions will be held prior to each performance at 6:30 PM in the MSC's Forsyth Center Galleries. MSC PORGY AND BESS itSgjl CyDA Tues ar, d Wed, March 19 and 20 at 7:30 ■ Rudder Auditorium PM TICKETS: Call 845-1 234 Online at M4TAM'' UHS321 1 G2o KAMU VFM9Q.9*nu KBTX-jnr^ 98.3vK.0RA