Print

Print


This sounds wonderful. I would love to have it, too.

Penny

Dr. Penny Turrentine
Director, Learning Centers I and II
Pima Community College, West Campus
2202 W. Anklam Road
Tucson, Arizona 85709-0105
(520) 206-6796 or (520) 206-6819



-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gutierrez, Kathy
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:23 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: tutor training activity


That sounds like a great training tool!  I would love to have it, too.

Kathy Gutierrez
Santiago Canyon College
Tutoring Center
714-628-4795
The real happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


-----Original Message-----
From: Crockett, Anna [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:17 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: tutor training activity


Greetings,

Last year I used a terrific activity for tutor training - I believe it
was called "Say It Once."  It involved giving tutors a square of paper
and reading a set of directions telling them what to do with it (fold at
a specific point, etc.). The directions were very convoluted, and I
could see the frustration building as tutors fell behind, got lost, etc.
Several just gave up entirely, and only one got it right!  Although I
read the directions twice, tutors were not allowed to ask questions.  It
provided a valuable springboard for discussing how students experiencing
difficulty with course material feel, and what strategies are effective
in helping students gain understanding.  Unfortunately, I can't find the
instructions and would very much like to use this exercise again - help!

Thanks,
Anna

Anna Crockett
Director, Miller Academic Center
215 Carroll Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450
phone: 540-464-7769
fax: 540-464-7798


-----Original Message-----
From: Ronald C. Williams [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 11:00 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Resources on College Student Motivation


Dear Colleagues,

I did not receive a great deal of feedback from my question regarding
resources on motivation but here is what I have for those of you who
asked me to post it.

Ron


....................................................................
Ron,

As you know the reasons for low student motivation are manifold. But one
reason for low achievement is that many students suffer from "learned
helplessness" -- they have "learned" that their efforts to learn are
nonproductive and therefore do not practice the learning behaviors that
successful students employ.  But if unmotivated students can be shown
the clear evidence that certain grade getting practices will work for
them, they can be motivated to  become more adept learners.  Please see
the  Bliss/Mueller paper at www.sbi4windows.com

Regards,

Gene Kerstiens
Andragogy Associates
310. 326-5819

.......................................................................
My colleague, Dr. Carmy Carranza, has done extensive work with the
topics of developmental students and motivation, including a text:
"Listen to What Students Say" by Kendall-Hunt Publishers, 2000. Here's
her contact information: [log in to unmask] Learning Enhancement Center
202 Pratt Hall Indiana University of PA Indiana, PA  15705

.......................................................
In response to the message you posted --

There's not much doubt that low motivation plays a crucial role in
college success.  A recent study by the General Accounting Office found
that simple things - like joining campus clubs/organizations - plays a
significant role in determining student success.

I've done some research on this topic, as well.  I found that when you
introduce motivational measures into the set of incoming student
characteristics (above and beyond measures such as test scores and High
School grades), you increase your accuracy in terms of predicting who
will persist and who won't.  The accuracy, measured by a multiple R
coefficient doubles when you go from a "simple" standard test score to a
motivational assessment.

The question becomes - what do you do about it?

A Dissertation submitted to Purdue by Darrell Coursert, THE EFFECTS OF A
MENTORING INTERVENTION PROGRAM ON RETENTION OF STUDENTS IN A COMMUNITY
COLLEGE, describes an interesting effort, which found a "significant
effect
on grades for those students who received mentoring."   The study
suggests
that mentoring would be a good approach.

Since you used the phrase "low performing students," I'm assuming that
you don't have much of an a-priori means of collecting information about
each student's motivational characteristics.  One of the key problems
that we face in higher ed is that we often wait too long before we
receive the message "Houston, we have a problem."  We know that early
intervention works best.  However, early intervention requires early
information.

If you have any questions about this response, please feel free to give
me a call at the below number.


Richard A. Miller
Research Consultant
Noel-Levitz - Denver
5161 E. Arapahoe Rd, Suite 100
Littleton, CO  80122

800.628.7216  (voice)
303.741.5620  (fax)

To unsubscribe,send a message to [log in to unmask]
In body type: SIGNOFF LRNASST-L

To access LRNASST-L archives,point your web browser to
http://www.lists.ufl.edu/archives/lrnasst-l.html

To subscribe, send email to [log in to unmask]
Leave subject blank.In body type: subscribe LRNASST-L

To contact list owner,email [log in to unmask]

To unsubscribe,send a message to [log in to unmask]
In body type: SIGNOFF LRNASST-L

To access LRNASST-L archives,point your web browser to
http://www.lists.ufl.edu/archives/lrnasst-l.html

To subscribe, send email to [log in to unmask]
Leave subject blank.In body type: subscribe LRNASST-L

To contact list owner,email [log in to unmask]

To unsubscribe,send a message to [log in to unmask]
In body type: SIGNOFF LRNASST-L

To access LRNASST-L archives,point your web browser to
http://www.lists.ufl.edu/archives/lrnasst-l.html

To subscribe, send email to [log in to unmask]
Leave subject blank.In body type: subscribe LRNASST-L

To contact list owner,email [log in to unmask]

To unsubscribe,send a message to [log in to unmask]
In body type: SIGNOFF LRNASST-L

To access LRNASST-L archives,point your web browser to http://www.lists.ufl.edu/archives/lrnasst-l.html

To subscribe, send email to [log in to unmask]
Leave subject blank.In body type: subscribe LRNASST-L

To contact list owner,email [log in to unmask]