How we support students
Drop-in 1-on-1 peer tutoring
Most OLA tutors were born and raised in Hawaiʻi and attended local public schools, so they have a connection to students coming in for tutoring
Tutors can help with a wide variety of homework types (e.g., practice problems, project reports, brainstorming project ideas, etc.)
Students can get assistance in understanding word problems and homework or project instructions
Tutors can help students define vocabulary words that are important to understanding math and science content
Test and Quiz Review
Tutors can help prepare students for upcoming tests and quizzes
OLA tutors are University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate and graduate students – they can talk to students about the college application process, what college is like, and how students can prepare for college
Students can review with tutors major ideas and standards
Students can get tutoring help to review missed problems and correct assessments
Closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and all State Holidays and during University of Hawaii breaks
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How we support teachers
- Differentiated instruction: tutors can work with a student or group of students on certain skills or topics
- Content review: students can ask for assistance with class information they don’t understand or for which they need clarification
- Independent practice: tutors can go over classwork or unfinished classwork with students
- Advisory activity: students can log in during advisory time to complete homework or unfinished classwork
- Assessment prep: tutors can prepare for upcoming quizzes and tests
- Assessment corrections: students can review with tutors missed problems and correct their assessments with the right answers
- Homework problems: tutors can help with a wide variety of homework types (e.g., practice problems, projects, brainstorming project ideas, etc.)
Thank you again for providing such an important service. IT REALLY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!- Parent of OLA Student
Thank you for supporting our learners here at the High Schools and at UH!
I know for a fact that if it weren’t for these amazing tutors coming to help me understand certain math problems and formulas, I would be getting very poor grades right now. Thank you all so much!
– Emmanuella Marcil, 9th Grade • Kaua’i High School
Each tutor that I’ve worked with has helped me a lot with my math. It’s been awesome!
– Janique Marcil, 7th Grade • Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
The University of Hawaii at Manoa OLA has completely changed the way my daughters look at math. They’re now proud of the grades they get and look forward to their tests. I cannot say how grateful I am for this amazing online resource.
– Serge Marcil, Emmanuella and Janique’s dad
Math & Science Tutoring Sessions from 2007-2017
Hawai'i DOE K-12
UH Community Colleges
UH Mānoa, West O'ahu, & Hilo
Check Your Computer’s System Requirements:
Prior to logging in for the first time, go to the following website and check your PC or Mac computer to make sure it meets the requirements for running Blackboard Collaborate.
Using A Mobile Device?
Blackboard Collaborate is the online platform we use for our virtual tutoring room. If you don’t have a computer (Mac or PC) you can also use your mobile device. Below are links to the iPhone, iPad, and Android apps for Blackboard Collaborate. However, please remember that the mobile app has limited tools– it doesn’t allow students to use the whiteboard. Students can talk and chat with tutors only.
Enter Your Name & Login:
Enter your first name and click “Log In.” No special username or password is required. If this is your first time using Blackboard Collaborate, you will be prompted to download a launcher.
Here are detailed instructions on downloading and working with the BBC launcher
Drop Into The Tutoring Room & Greet The Tutors:
Java will load (this may take a few seconds) then you will see the Blackboard Collaborate program loading (this may take 15-20 seconds). You will then be in the main tutoring room. You will see a welcome screen and will be greeted by the tutors and be asked to complete a poll question (in the chat window) to let them know what subject you need help with.