During the tutoring sessions on Saturday mornings, learners and volunteers work in small groups (ideally not exceeding a ratio of 1:5) on the material that learners have brought to the session (sections of the syllabus with which they're struggling, past tests and exam papers, homework assignments, etc.).
Everyone works together, and ensures that the work is understood by every member of the group before moving on to the next problem.
Maths and Physics are the subjects for which assistance is most sought, but learners also need help with the following subjects:
- Life Science
- Business Economics
During the homework sessions, learners engage in peer-to-peer learning, coordinated by one or a small group of volunteers. It is during this time that learners identify specific problems they need support from tutors to address.
Supplementary learning materials need to be availed to learners during this time. Past exam papers and worksheets with exemplars are best, so that learners can check their work and identify problem areas.
Extra classes address fundamental gaps or areas in the curriculum which are particularly difficult. The subject content of extra classes include:
Often learners struggle with basic maths fundamentals which are below their grade level. During these classes, learners cover the basics and ensure that they have the grounding they need to tackle grade-level mathematics.
Although most learners are doing second-language English as a subject, all their other subjects (besides obviously their first-language subject) are done in English. Learners' challenges with reading, writing and comprehending English thus impact their ability to understand their other subjects. Sometimes learners understand the subject content, but do not fully understand questions in tests and exams, or are unable to articulate their understanding in English. Basic grammar, vocabulary and comprehension classes thus provide an opportunity for learners to improve their proficiency.
Most of the schools our learners attend do not have the equipment for conducting the science experiments about which they're examined. IkamvaYouth partners with other organisations and schools to ensure that our learners are afforded opportunities to carry out these experiments themselves. It is far easier to grasp the relevant aspects of the Physics, Chemistry and Life Science curricula by conducting experiments themselves, rather than try glean knowledge through diagrams in textbooks. The science pracs are usually held during the holiday programmes.