Week 1: Defining Problems of Practice

Today in a public school on is likely to see over thirty students sitting in a classroom. For a student that has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) it can lead to many distractions and less of the one-on-one interaction that needs to take place. According to DuPaul, Weyandt & Janusis (2011), ADHD students need teacher-mediated direct instruction in relevant skills. Most class sizes make this intervention seem impossible with a 30:1 student to teacher ratio. If a student does not understand relevant skills, he or she is missing building blocks that are important for him or her to continue to build their knowledge and understanding. In a secondary mathematics class, if a student cannot develop the skills necessary for problem solving, then the rest of his or her high school math career will seem impossible.

With the goal of addressing the problem of not receiving enough individualized instruction for the student, the app called Yup is a great resource for students to receive one-on-one tutoring. Yup allows the student to take a picture of their homework problem and will connect them with an online tutor. The tutor will not give the student the answer, but rather help work with them through texting, which allows the student to ask questions in return. This also benefits the student more than other online help sites by allowing the student to interact with the tutor.   Most sites will provide the answer with little to no explanation, but with the tutor available, it allows a social interaction that can help the student understand the misconception they are having that a teacher may not have been able to address in a larger class setting.

FullSizeRender (4)Students with ADHD experience difficulties with peer and social relationships (DuPaul, Weyandt & Janusis 2011). Allowing students to text a tutor will also help an ADHD student that has a difficult time in a larger social setting to feel more comfortable. The student does not encounter face-to-face contact and the person on the other end is someone that has a degree in the subject matter of the question the student poses. Having an educated and trained tutor can also bring relief to parents who feel they cannot contribute to helping their student in high school course work. After the tutoring session, the student can rate the tutor, leave feedback, and even ask more questions about the original problem’s photo.

The only downfall to Yup is the fact that you must join the app and set-up a payment method. You are allowed 60 minutes of free tutoring but then are charged $0.49 for every minute over, or you can pay $49.99 a month for unlimited tutoring in math, chemistry, and physics. This may seem like an expensive app but considering most tutors charge $20 or more an hour and students use their tutor once a week, Yup could be a more viable option. You are able to pause or stop your monthly membership, which may be useful when only wanting a tutor once a week or right before a big test. For some families the additional funds are not available to hire any form of tutoring or extra money to download apps, which is why Yup is still a great tutoring resource with the use of “magic codes.” If the student finds the tutor to not be helpful they can contact Yup to be credited minutes back. A student could also continue earning free minutes with Yup by giving peers their “magic code” giving the new user 15 free minutes of tutoring and the original student 30 free minutes.

Students are able to build confidence by taking previously learned knowledge and applying these skills to new ideas. When a teacher is unable to help each individual with misconceptions about math, Yup allows this gap to become closer and help the student understand. Yup helps the student learn from the mistakes and move onto the next concept without feeling behind. If students can text questions, feel comfortable asking, learn from their mistakes, and feel successful, then this is the app to help ADHD student to receive the one-on-one help they deserve without the fear of failed face-to-face social interactions.

Here is a video explaining how this will help students with ADHD use the Up


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DuPaul, G. J., Weyandt, L. L., & Janusis, G. M. (2011, January 18). ADHD in the Classroom: Effective Intervention Strategies. Theory into Practice. Retrieved September 4, 2016, from http://www.tandfonline.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/doi/pdf/10.1080/00405841.2011.534935?needAccess=true

Photomath – Camera calculator. (2016). Retrieved September 04, 2016, from https://photomath.net/en/

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Yup – Math, Chemistry and Physic Tutoring and Homework Help App. (2016). Retrieved September 04, 2016, from https://www.yup.com/


2 Comments Add yours

  1. aprylemarie says:

    This seems like a really cool app and the idea of texting definitely speaks to this generation of learners! In transforming well-structured problems into more complex problems (per Meyer’s TED Talk), I wonder how this tutoring system would work. Thought processes are better relayed in ‘real time’ and with math and science in particular, visual aids are very useful. Can Yup integrate a video/screencast with markup into the options to support visible thinking while still circumventing the face-to-face interaction?


  2. dueybui says:


    I love the idea of one on one individualized attention. This app would be amazing if it were free, but I can see writing a grant for it would be worth it. I have large class sizes and quite a few students with ADHD. They would for sure benefit from the tutoring. I am definitely going to see if I can get this through a grant. Thanks for the tech tip.


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