By Sarina Tan and Michelle Lam
Missing school is normal for any student. Often, it’s out of the student’s power. Though it sometimes can’t be helped, the effects still impact the student academically.
After missing merely a day of school, students are often suddenly faced with a ten-page essay for English, a quiz for Physics, and a set of workbook problems for Calculus. Students often receive a text or Facebook message at 5:00pm, when friends get home, explaining the multitude of assignments that need to be done.
The solution to this problem is quite simple.
First, don’t be afraid to bother that desk mate who sits beside you. Any classmate, whether it’s a good friend or a student you’ve never met before, can lend the missing notes and explain the day’s lesson. Although it may seem superfluous when teachers tell you to make sure you have the email address or cell phone number of a classmate written down somewhere, it’s best to pay attention to their advice.
“I feel fine with asking classmates for the notes,” says Jonathan Zheng of ‘16, “they even tell me before I ask.”
In fact, peers can often explain the lesson more efficiently, since they can convey information in an accessible way.
Dianna Lvov ’16 explains, “Everyone learns at different times and rates so one person may be able to explain something better than the other.”
From these exchanges, students can gather the necessary information and even improve on their weaker subjects in a more relaxed setting. Learning the class lesson over text message or Facebook chat allows students to learn the material in an expeditious, conversational manner.
Geometry teacher Alexandra Bowers says, “Collaboration is an important part of the learning process.”
Not only that, but in a place where many students feel that they can’t be bothered with another’s trouble, an absentee can always go to tutoring for help.
“To make up the work,” shares Nydia Peterson ’15, “the best method would probably be going to tutoring because the teacher could fully and easily teach me the missed material.”
Another benefit of attending a tutoring session, is that you do not have to deal with 33 other students. Oftentimes, the sessions can be seen as an one-on-one discussion of questions and concerns.
“No matter what style the teacher has,” says Stacey Patti, a Health teacher, “they still must provide tutoring time in their schedule and all students should take advantage of that.”
Although absenteeism is not something Technites should take lightly, students should not risk showing up to school with a fever or during a family emergency, as the resources to make up for a lost day of work are easily accessible.