The University Students Teacher Assistance Program began on June 20 in 25 middle schools located in the Sungdong, Gangdong, and Dongbu districts with 46 participants from the Mathematics Education and English Literature departments of Konkuk University. During the program, university students were each in charge of approximately 15 students. The class hour was spent on helping the middle school students with their English and math. Middle school students stated that such studying methods were effective. "Students who didn't even carry around pencil cases in the beginning of the class showed improved interest in the subject," said Juhn Yoon-hee (Konkuk Univ., 2). From the second semester, students from Ewha Womans University, Korea University and Hanyang University will participate in the program, receiving one credit for their service.
The University Students Guidance Instructor Program was practiced by Seoul National University of Education during the first semester. The students had received basic training before instructing a group of elementary students who lagged behind in classes. The training consisted of giving the university students information about effective education methods as well as explanations of students who were slow in catching up with the curriculum. According to the Junior Supervisor of Elementary Schools at the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, Choi Jung-jae, the training must be more specific and longer during the second semester in order to achieve maximum results. "Except for the transportation problem that the students faced because most university students lived in the Kangnam area, the program was productive and vitalizing for the elementary school students," said Choi. Ewha participants will work 30 hours in total and receive one credit in the second semester.
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