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Sonya & Listers
Great question and a real dilemma for math tutors. 

The Math tutoring center here is a drop in center and with nearly 30 tutors,
sitting in on classes or adding to Blackboard is tough. We have the solution
manuals and texts available for review for tutors. We also do training
nearly every 2 weeks during the semester to cover some content as well as
pedagogy. 

One project I have had tutors working on recently is to create a "cheat
sheet" for their fellow tutors. Several are working together to review all
of the calculus text. (3 semesters of calc) This has been helpful for each
of them as they have created a first draft each and then reviewed each
other's work to create one document. The resulting document goes into a
folder for all to use. 

I have also created some materials to help on difficult topics in some of
the courses I teach. It is an ongoing battle. 
Thanks for bringing up the issue. 

-- 
Brenda Tiefenbruck
Director, Mathematics Resource Center (MaRC)
University of St. Thomas
MAIL #OSS201
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 962-5529
www.stthomas.edu/mathematics/marc



On 2/22/07 11:41 AM, "Sonya Prince" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:



Hello, 

I am a tutor coordinator at a 2 year college. We tutor math from Pre- 
Algebra thru College Algebra and also Technical Math and Accounting. My 
question is does anyone have any suggestions on how I can refresh and 
upgrade my tutors content knowledge? 

For example, A student needed help with solving a word problem in Algebra. 
The tutor knew how to get to the answer, but only with shortcuts. The 
student still did not understand when she left. 

What can I provide or do to help my tutors understand that they need to go 
step by step and not skip. I know there are multiple ways to solve a 
problem, but how can we satisfy every professor when all of them have 
their own way of teaching their class.  

One thing I thought about doing is to have them sit in an Algebra class 
for 30-60 minutes a week. However, it sounds like they will be doing the 
same thing as SI facilitators, and we already have that program at my 
campus. 

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