Since 2008, Mu Alpha Theta has partnered with the National Science and Technology Education Partnership in order to offer students an exciting outreach opportunity - Study Buddy. Study Buddy is a cutting-edge, web-based, online peer-to-peer tutoring program designed to address low math and science scores of underperforming middle and high school students. This homework assistance program utilizes the latest interactive, collaborative technology to bring students from different locations across the country together for online math, physics, and chemistry homework help. Study Buddy relies solely on volunteers to help struggling students.
CONVENIENCEVolunteering from your computer after school or at home, in the evening and/or on the weekend, the ability to schedule yourself in half hour segments and having the flexibility to choose when you wish to help makes Study Buddy an easy volunteer option.
STUDENTSAs a Mu Alpha Theta member, you will be paired with students who are struggling and may not otherwise have access to a tutor due to economic and/or geographic reasons. Student tutors commit to tutoring one hour per month. Your participation will be tracked by software and will serve as community service credit hours. Your unique tutor log book tracks your community service hours and saves your tutoring sessions automatically. You have the ability to view an online summary of your volunteer community service hours at any time to track your activity in the program. For more details see the Tutor Guide. Also see some of our webinars online.
TEACHERSWe encourage you to enroll your Mu Alpha Theta members in Study Buddy and can do so with minimal effort! Detailed reports of tutor activity are available to enable you to monitor and log your students’ participation in the program. For more information see the Teacher's Guide.
MU ALPHA THETA CONVENTION GRANT
Study Buddy is proud to announce the sixth annual Mu Alpha Theta Convention Grant. NSTEP will provide up to $1,000 to help cover costs to attend the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention in Buffalo, NY for tutors and their teacher from one school. All chapters participating in Study Buddy are eligible to compete for this grant. Please inform NSTEP of your interest in attending under the Convention Grant in order to be considered.
Congratulations to Cypress Bay High School from Weston, FL. Their school was the winner of the Convention Grant for the 2016 National Convention. NSTEP welcomes inquiries from both teachers and students. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about how you can integrate Study Buddy into your classroom!
For additional information, please visit the Study Buddy home page, and check back with us here for frequent updates!
Mu Alpha Theta Convention Grant Recipients
2016: Cypress Bay High School from Weston, FL won the National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) Convention Grant to attend the 2016 Saint Louis National Convention.
2015: American Heritage High School from Plantation, FL won the National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) Convention Grant to attend the 2015 Salt Lake City National Convention.
2014: Bergen County Academies from Bergen, NJ won the National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) Convention Grant to attend the 2014 Orlando National Convention.
2012: Austin High School from Decatur, AL won the National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) Convention Grant to attend the 2012 Boston National Convention.
2011: Mountain Pointe High School from Phoenix, AZ won the Motorola Foundation Convention Grant to attend the 2011 Dallas National Convention. Attending the Convention on the grant were students John Delgado, Alexander Nguyen, and David Van, along with their teacher, Stephen Heiser. Mountain Pointe High School's chapter had 46 Mu Alpha Theta members sign up to tutor with the Study Buddy program, serving the more than 1100 students who had signed up to receive tutoring at their school.