Prof. Nicole McNeil Needs You! Volunteer to Help Improve the Math Skills of Local Children. Did you know that early math skills at the start of kindergarten are the strongest predictor of future academic achievement, even more so than early reading skills, attention span, or socio-emotional behaviors? For this reason, it important to help all young children get the practice they need to develop strong early math skills. Prof. McNeil and her research team are starting two new studies next semester to investigate the benefits of several promising early math interventions. Both studies involve working one-on-one with young children (Head Start or kindergarten) from low-SES backgrounds who are at risk of academic failure. As a tutor in either study, you would get to work with same child in multiple sessions, so you can develop a relationship with the child. Also, the interventions are scripted, so you will not need to come up with your own activities or lesson plans.
Requirements: Head Start tutors; 1:30-3:20, two days/week (either MW or TR). Kindergarten tutors: at least one hour between 12:30-2:15p, two days/week (either MW or TR + (ideally) FR too in case of make-up session. All tutors receive training.
Interested? Contact Prof. McNeil to set up an appointment to learn more. She is looking to recruit 1-3 undergraduate volunteers. It is possible to do this for ESS Research Lab credits if you would like to expand your role in Prof. McNeil's lab beyond the 2-4 hours of tutoring each week. This experience could be a springboard for an ESS thesis/capstone project.
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