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At the moment, all of our tutors happen to be SI Leaders, so class attendance is mandatory across the board. An important aspect of our SI Leader/Tutor job is helping students prepare for an exam--facilitating study skills specific to the course (plus, mock exams are required with every support course) and incorporating test-taking strategies. All sessions held immediately after an exam are considered "Test Debriefing Days" where Tutors/SI Leaders not only get the students talking about specific test questions but also examining their test prep efforts.

I allow SI Leaders to work with their instructors to determine whether they take the exams. Several instructors demand it (chemistry, anatomy, physiology...), some instructors provide the SI Leaders with an advance copy of the exam (so taking it is a moot issue) and still other instructors simply ask that the SI Leader review the exam while the students are taking it.

Some SI faculty who require  exams will go one step farther and grade the SI Leader's exam. (Believe me, this isn't because the instructors feel unsure of the SI Leader's work.) Even though the SI Leader has already taken the course and demonstrated competency, the stress that  taking an SI exam heaves is one I would much rather have them avoid. They have enough demands on their plate as is. Therefore, if asked (and I sometimes am) I do not recommend the SI Leaders/Tutors take any exams, let only a final.

Along the same line, I would never consider having tutors take a  final exam.  Unless you're uncertain of the tutor's competency (which, if this is the case, begs a whole other supervisory question) prep for a final not only takes away from the tutors' personal final exam study schedule, but also--when you think about it--is really a waste of time and effort, considering the fact that there will never be a debriefing afterward with students.


Sara Weertz
Angelo State University
San Angelo, TX
(325) 942-2710  X-387
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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Deborah Pratt
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 12:02 PM
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Subject: Re: Evaluating tutor competency pre-hire

Kate, I've considered that; the one instructor I consulted thought it was a marvelous idea.
Deb

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From: Kate Jakobson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Evaluating tutor competency pre-hire
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Date: Monday, March 23, 2009, 12:32 PM

We also require a faculty reference for all of our tutors stating that they
are able to tutor the specific class; other minimum requirements are an A/B+
in the courses tutored, overall GPA of 3.0, etc.  But the issue I
occasionally run into is an upper-level math (or science) student who tested
into higher-level courses (meaning they don't take the lower level courses
here) and has been recommended to tutor more basic courses in those areas
and runs into difficulty with remembering and/or explaining some basic
concepts.  It doesn't happen too often thankfully, and tutors are required
to contact their tutees' instructors to touch base with them and obtain a
syllabus so they know what's coming up. I do make a big point at hiring and
during training that tutors are expected to be prepared for their tutoring
sessions, and that they might need to spend some time on their own reviewing
certain topics if needed, but it still happens occasionally.

I've thought about requiring math tutors to take the final exams of the
courses they wish to tutor.  Does anyone see any issues with doing that?

Kate

Kate Jakobson, Director
Tutoring and Student Success
Kirtland Community College
Roscommon, MI  48653
989.275.5000 x 211


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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 12:08 PM
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Subject: Re: Evaluating tutor competency pre-hire

We don't use any type of competency assessment; however, prospective tutors
must have a faculty reference that attests to their skills in their subject
area.

Karen J. Sondheimer
Learning Specialist
The Learning Center
Lower Level Lehman Library
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1577
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-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kate Jakobson
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 12:00 PM
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Subject: Re: Evaluating tutor competency pre-hire

I haven't assessed prospective tutors in the past but I'm thinking of
perhaps beginning to - at least for math tutors.  We've had a couple of
issues lately as well.

I'll be interested in hearing if other centers do this.  Given the constant
turnover in tutors in community colleges, always being able to recruit good
ones is an ongoing task.

Kate

Kate Jakobson, Director
Tutoring and Student Success
Kirtland Community College
Roscommon, MI  48653
989.275.5000 x 211


-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 11:44 AM
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Subject: Evaluating tutor competency pre-hire

Hi all,Due to some unsettling experiences this past term, I am
consideringasking tutor candidates to complete competency assessments for
the materialthey wish to tutor.  Does anyone else have students who apply to
be tutors take such assessments?Deb PrattLake Michigan CollegeBenton Harbor,
MI



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