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Medicine Hat College helping junior and high school students

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There’s nothing more frustrating for a junior high or high-school student than not understanding a concept in science or how to configure a math problem or even how to properly set up an essay.


They just can’t get it. Perhaps their teachers are too busy with a large classroom and don’t have time to go into much detail about a particular aspect of a problem or some students just don’t learn well in large groups and need more one on one attention.
The Medicine Hat College implements a beneficial and well-utilized program which helps those students get some more individualized instruction.
Since 1990, other than for three years, the Medicine Hat College has been operating the Basic High School Drop-In, which is located at the college’s Room B307 on the third floor of the college just above the Vera Bracken Library. It runs from September until June from 4-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays only.
Nikki Stadnyk, the program’s co-ordinator for the past seven years, says the trio of instructors from the college’s adult development program just love helping the students. All three can help with any subject, however each has an area of expertise including mathematics, sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) and the social sciences including english, social studies and language arts in general. Even study skills can be reviewed.
Students don’t need to pre-register and it’s absolutely free with no strings attached.
“If they’re having any trouble, they just walk in. They just sign in; there’s no referral (required). Sometimes, they just need another voice, a different one to explain things,” explains Stadnyk who ensures students are matched up with the right instructor and gives them something to eat to make sure their brains are nourished. “This is the college’s way of giving back to the community. They want the students to come to the college and not think it’s a scary place.”
Stadnyk says Medicine Hat students use the service but they often have students from the Prairie Rose School Division visit including Eagle Butte in Dunmore, Irvine and some from Bow Island.
Stadnyk says it’s open to any student, they just need to bring their text book or whatever reference material they possibly can. The instructors will not over rule or over ride any decision made by a teacher on an exam. As Stadnyk points out, “they would never step on any toes like that.”
However, any questions on a concept or idea will be answered.
The number of students fluctuates, depending on the time of the school year. They have as many as 10 to 20 per session.
It seems like any time just before final exams or shortly after a report card, the number of visitors they get does increase. Right when a new semester begins it’s generally quiet.
Anyone with further questions can contact Stadnyk at 403-502-8431 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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