Q&A: HSPT tutor, John Godfrey

011_GODFREY_JOHNJunior John Godfrey talks about his experiences tutoring prospective high school students to prepare them for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which takes place in early January.

How did you first get involved with the HSPT tutoring program?

I was looking for NHS leadership projects and found an HSPT prep course for eighth graders that I thought I would enjoy teaching.

When does the program meet?

The HSPT program meets twice a week on Tuesday through Thursday for five weeks. It begins at 3:45 and runs to 5:00.

Who else is involved in the program?

I teach with Hans Hodes but Daniel Simon teaches another separate group in a different room. Mr. Griffin is the moderator of the program.

What type of skills do you hope to improve in your students?

Based on test scores, the students generally struggled with verbal/language skills, so we focused on that section most. But, holistically, we really tried to help the guys with test taking strategies. We focused on types of problems more than individual problems. Also, we taught strategies to different types of problems. This gave them a new approach to each section, and I think it gave them more confidence for their upcoming HSPT.

What is the most enjoyable part of the program for you?

I really liked getting to know the guys. You could kind of tell they were a little shy towards me, Hans, one of the other tutors, and Coach Griff. But, after spending over a month with them, we could see how much they had grown. We tried to give them a taste of what it would be like here at Rockhurst, and I can’t wait to see how they do next year as freshmen.



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