Academic Supports

 
Prospect High School offers a variety of supports and strategies to help students succeed.  Below, you'll find various supports that are currently being offered on campus as well as online.
 
Tutoring and Supports
 

Homework Center

Every Monday and Thursday, Prospect High School teachers from various subjects stay after school to provide content specific support for all students from 2:30 – 4pm. 
    • On Mondays, the focus is Math and Science;
    • On Thursdays, the focus is English and Spanish. 
The Library is also a great space for students to access a printer and a quiet place for studying and work completion!
 
 

Peer Tutoring for STEM Classes via the MESA Club

Join the MESA club if you're struggling in any of your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes and would like to be tutored by peers here at Prospect! MESA is a peer tutoring club where you can get tutoring support in math and science classes like on-level Biology to AP Computer Science to AP Chemistry. We meet during Study Hall every Tuesday and from 2:30-3:15pm every Thursday in room 65. If you're interested or have questions, contact lsbillaut@gmail.com or just come by!

 

24/7 Online Tutoring Help

This school year, CUHSD has partnered with Paper Tutoring to provide all students with FREE online tutoring support 24/7. Whenever a student is stuck on a question, wants some help studying, needs someone to look over an essay, or just want some clarification on something talked about in class, Paper tutors can help.
 
There are tutors live on Paper https://app.paper.co/login/student 24/7 ready to lend a helping hand. Paper tutors can help in over 200 subjects and in four different languages (English, Spanish, French, and in Mandarin). All a student needs to do is login and someone will be ready to help you in about 5 seconds.
 
Login and Create Your Account
  1. Visit PAPER's student login page: https://app.paper.co/login/student
  2. Type in our high school’s name.
  3. Login with your CUHSD Google account.
  4. Choose the subject you would like help in.
 If you have any questions about Paper, please reach out to Ms. Grewal at kgrewal@cuhsd.org for more information.
 
 
Interventions & Recovery
 
Below, you'll find information regarding interventions and recovery opportunities for specific courses. These are opportunities where students will get additional time to work directly with their teacher on assignments missed to improve content knowledge and their grade in the specific course.  For more information, please contact your counselor or subject teacher for details.
 
 
Department Course Date/Time Location
English
English 2 &
English 4
Saturdays**
9:00 - 12:00pm
Rm 73
Math Integrated Math 3
Monday - Friday
2:30 - 3:30pm
(except on collaboration days)
Rm 40 & 10
Physical Education PE 10-12
Monday - Thursday
6:00 - 7:00pm
(Starting October 11)
Virtual
Performing Arts Music
Saturdays**
9:00 - 12:00pm
Rm 49
Science Biology
Thursdays
2:45 - 4:15pm
Rm 63 & 53
Science Chemistry
Tuesday & Wednesday
2:35 - 4:35pm
(except on collaboration days)
Rm 62
Science Physics
Tuesdays
2:30 – 3:30pm
(except on collaboration days)
Rm 66
World Language Spanish 1
Saturdays**
9:00 - 12:00pm
Rm 16
 
**Select dates only - 8/28, 9/11, 9/18, 10/9, 11/13, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
 
 
 
How to Ask your Teacher for Help: A Guide to Advocating for Yourself

 

It can be super scary and intimidating to ask for help, especially with everything going on in your personal life, BUT it is so IMPORTANT!! Getting the help you need early and often will help you improve your grades, achieve your goals, and feel less stressed in the long run. 

 

Be Kind to Yourself

  • It’s okay to make mistakes. Do your personal best and give yourself some grace. If you can incorporate just a few more ways of asking for help into your routine, it can make a big difference in your grades and your stress level. 
 

Be Polite and Patient with Teachers

  • Teachers want to help you, but if you use phrases like, “please” “thank you” and make sure your tone is kind - even if you are upset- they will be more receptive.
  • When they say no, they mean no. Teachers set boundaries for a reason, they have a lot of work to do and a limited amount of time to do it in
 

Find the Right Time

  • Make sure find a time when the teacher isn't surrounded by lots of students, especially if you're nervous asking questions in front of others.
  • Study hall, before or after school, and after class are great times to check in. Teachers are on campus and want to help students. Find a time that works for you and go knock on the door. 
  • Use this outline to help start your conversation “Hi Mr./Ms. ____________, do you have a minute to talk about:
      • The homework assignment? I am having a hard time with it”
      • My grades? I don’t understand why I scored a _____.” 
      • The test coming up? I’m not sure where to start studying.”
 

Send An Email

  • Too nervous to ask in person? Send an email. Use this outline to help start your conversation:
      • Hi Mr./Ms. _________, I had some questions about ___________. Could you explain this to me another way? (Note: Teachers will probably ask you to come by and discuss/explain in person)
 

Come with Specific Questions 

  • Don’t just say, “Ms./Mr. _____, What can I do to raise my grade?” That is really broad and usually the answer will be something like “do your work”. That doesn’t help anyone and is frustrating for both teachers and students. 
  • Instead try approaching teachers by saying, “I understand ______, but I get confused with __________.” or “Can you explain _________  again, I’m stuck here _____”
  • Make sure to look through your Canvas page and PRIORITIZE your assignments. You don't need to do them all, but instead, focus on those that will help you understand what's going on in class or boost your grade.
      • If you need help with this, print out your grades in the course and set up a time to meet with your teacher to ask if there are assignments she/he would recommend.
 

Develop Signals

  • Your teachers want to help you understand! If you don’t understand something in the middle of a lesson do one of the following:
      • Raise your hand! - Low pressure ways to publicly ask for help include saying things like: “Could you explain that again/another way?” “ I’m not sure I quite get it. Could you give me an example of what you are talking about?”
      • Develop a hand signal. Many teachers already do a check for understanding where they ask for questions or if you understand what they are talking about with a thumb measure (Thumbs Up- I got it!, Middle- I still need help, thumbs down - I don't get it at all!) Take advantage of this. Be honest when this happens even if you hide your answer from other students. 
 

Plan Ahead

  • Know that you have a test coming up and don’t feel ready? Ask early for help! Asking for help to prepare for an exam less than 48 hours before puts stress on teachers and shows you were unprepared. Go ask as soon as you realize you need help. 
  • Ask for help before the end of the semester/grading period. That deadline sneaks up quickly, but don’t wait. Doing things at the last minute doesn’t help with learning or with memory.
  • If you know you need more time to complete an assignment many teachers will grant extensions, but you MUST ask at least 24 hours ahead of time. Don’t assume they will let you turn in work late.
 

Check the Syllabus

  • You might be able to find answers to your questions in the syllabus or on Canvas. Teachers post their class rules and policies here. Look there first and come in with follow -up questions if you have them. It will save everyone time and you might get an answer faster.