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All of our tutors are peer tutors, so when I hire them, I tell them that I
understand they are students first and they must put their own studies
first.  It is rare, but sometimes students make a commitment to tutor and
then find they really don't have the time.  I think that needs to be
respected.  Other times, I remind tutors who come to me concerned that they
are over extended, that they have the option to just do group sessions, so
that if they have 3 or 4 tutees that wouldn't mind working together, that
can be a better use of the tutor's time.  They also get paid a higher rate
for group sessions, so that can work nicely.

Bottom line is I never try and talk a tutor out of quitting. It makes it
hard for me, but they are students first.  If they don't have the time or
just don't want to tutor anymore, they will not be good tutors anyway.

Linda Stedje-Larsen
Director, Support Services
Wingate University
CB 3068 
Wingate, NC 28174
FAX - 704-233-8268
Phone - 704-233-8269

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lawrence E. Whitman
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 9:04 AM
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Subject: tutor resignation

Greetings!

 

We are new in our tutoring program (just the second semester). Things have
been going fairly well until yesterday when one of our top tutors
unexpectedly resigned. He is an excellent student, but said that his own
grades were falling.

 

My question is, "what do you do when a tutor resigns during the semester and
what preventive measures do you use to prevent this from occurring?"



 

Thanks,

 

Larry Whitman

College of Engineering

Wichita State University


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