Math can be a tricky subject for students to learn, but the NovaNet program being used by the Warren/Forest Higher Education Council is making it much easier to comprehend.
The Warren County School District is providing NovaNet, a web-based program in language arts, math, science and social studies. Students presently enrolled in the six-month Diploma Program provided by the Hi-Ed Council are working on the math portion.
The math component of NovaNet takes the major focuses of algebra and separates them into groups. Within each group, students take a pre-test, and if they successfully complete a pre-test with a score of 85 percent or higher, they are able to move on to the next group of questions.
If the student does not pass, NovaNet will analyze the information and pinpoint areas of weakness and provide certain tasks designed to help. A post-test will be completed at the end of the program.
"The nice thing about this program is that they (students) can work at their own pace," said Tiffany Frederes, the instructor currently teaching the NovaNet math program. "So if you have someone that may be at a higher level, they can keep working and getting the modules done and when they get to a spot where they don't know what's going on, then it will go in and help them out with the specific areas where they need the help."
The 11 students enrolled in the class should strive to complete three modules, or lessons, a week, said Frederes.
There is no homework, but if students want to work outside of class, they can access the program from home using a log-in name and password through the Warren County School District website, said Frederes.
The class is formally held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and additional help is offered during the week.
Rebecca Morrison of Russell is enrolled in the program. She has her general education diploma (GED) and is working towards a degree in criminal justice at the University of Phoenix, an online college degree program, but wants to earn her high school diploma.
She finds the NovaNet program to be helpful in areas that need to be sharpened.
"The nice thing is you do get to take a test first, and what you're weak in it gives you all this training on it and teaches you how to do it and it just refreshes your memory on it," said Morrison.
She added, "It's not like regular classroom school, it's enjoyable."
The Diploma Program provides the opportunity for individuals who currently have or are in the process of obtaining a GED to earn a high school diploma.
"With the tougher economic environment, we're arming them with the tools to survive and hopefully in the long term, succeed," said Donna Smith, coordinator of the Diploma Program with the Hi-Ed Council.
Other areas of study include comprehensive reading and computer courses.