Dr. Sean Mattie, assistant professor of Political Science at Clayton State University, helped Nichelle Wiggins, 10th grade AP (Advanced Placement) American Government teacher at Forest Park High School, prepare her students for the AP Government Exam during the 2010-2011 school year.
“For the previous two years, I assisted Ms. Wiggins by offering Saturday morning tutorials on the Clayton State University campus for her students; in the 2010-2011 academic year, we met in October, February, and March,” Mattie says. “The sessions, were a combination of lecture and question-and-answer, included a lively discussions about topics that her students were studying to prepare for the Advanced Placement exam in American Government. These topics included the constitutional relations of the president and congress in forming the federal budget and in making war; the Supreme Court’s decision-making process and the notion of judicial activism; the operation of the federal bureaucracy; and debates about affirmative action and campaign regulation.
“To illustrate the details and principles of these topics, I led students to online references, such as the official websites on the Constitution, for the Supreme Court, for the Executive Branch, and on federal law, which we examined and discussed.”
With preparation came victory, as the students did exceptionally well on their exams.
“I had a total of nine students to pass the AP exam, which is an improvement from the previous year,” Wiggins says. “One of my students made a 5! My AP scores were the best in the school!”
“Ms. Wiggins' students were well-prepared, attentive, and excited to learn,” Mattie says. “I found it a pleasure to teach them, and I believe it was a rewarding experience for everyone involved. Ms. Wiggins thanked me for my help and said that her students felt better prepared because of the tutorials.”