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I prepare a report each semester on student performance based on attendance at tutoring sessions. It is a fair amount of work preparing the report, but the data is worth the effort. The results consistently show:

* There is a positive correlation between sessions attended and course grade.
* There is a positive correlation between sessions attended and retention.
* There is a significant improvement in performance between students who attend at least 5 tutoring sessions and those who attend less than 5 sessions.

I highly encourage you to do the work. It will help you gauge the performance of your center and it will help you quantify the effect of your services.


Martin Golson
Instructional Specialist
Austin Peay State University

(931) 221-6553



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Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:04 PM
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Subject: Comparing # of visits to a tutoring center and grades

Hi fellow Listers,

I am wondering about your experiences with comparing students' grades in a course with the number of times they came to your tutoring center.  I have a clunky database that will tell me who came in how many times for what.  And then, I can take that Excel report and go into Banner to see what grade a student received.  I can also see if the grade that a student received is under or over his or her overall GPA.  I imagine that this is going to be a labor intensive process, and I don't know what this analysis will show-if anything significant.

If you have done this, how have you done this?  What have been your experiences with this kind of data gathering and analysis?  Have you found anything significant, which perhaps you used in the marketing, staffing, and operation of your tutoring center?  Are there easier ways of doing this, or should I just buckle down and slough through the data?

Thank you,

John Cleveland

John P. Cleveland, M.T.S., M.A.
Director, Tutoring Center
Center for Academic Excellence
& Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Pace University
41 Park Row, Room 204
New York, NY  10038
212-346-1407
212-346-1520 (fax)
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