Parents, are you ready to send your kids back to school but dreading the nightly struggle over their homework?
If you answered “Yes,” you may want to look at Pascagoula’s Old School Learning Depot on Market Street to take some of the load off your shoulders.
Their slogan is “We Build Confidence,” and the staff do it through one-on-one tutoring, group Homework Help sessions and fun, yet educational, activities for school-age students of all age groups.
They don’t take a summer break, either. July’s schedule has been jam-packed with events like “Meteorologist Monday” and “Pizza Party Fractions.”
After a two-month break from school, it’s not uncommon for students to lose some of their previous achievement gains, a phenomenon educators know as the “summer slide,” said owner Christina Bates.
“We’re just trying to close that gap and let them have that confidence when they go in that first day of school,” said Bates, a former teacher in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District.
When the school year starts back up, Old School Learning Depot will continue with regular Homework Help sessions and individual tutoring sessions. Bates said ACT prep will kick off soon, and she wants to start study groups for high school students.
Bates offers tutoring for all subjects, and promises that if she can’t tutor the subject herself, she will find someone who can. Services are available for students who are struggling and for advanced students, too.
One of the main benefits is simply that your child receives a little extra help from someone who understands the curriculum used in the classroom, Bates said. It takes the pressure off of parents, many of whom may feel overwhelmed trying to understand material that is taught differently than it was when they were in school.
Bates has success stories: The student who boosted his grades from F’s to A’s and B’s when he regularly attended sessions. The relieved moms and dads who post their success stories on her company’s Facebook page. The boy who returned from an educational summer session and called it the “best three hours” of his life.
“Just hearing that confirmation and hearing that students actually enjoy being here and they want to come back, that’s something that just warms my heart,” Bates said. “That’s what education is all about.”
For more information about services offered and pricing, visit https://oldschoollearningdepot.com/. Old School Learning Depot also sells boutique-style school gear, school supplies and classroom materials for teachers.