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Karen,

I strongly advocate for having tutors do more than tutoring in the Learning Center.  We have implemented this approach and it has been wildly successful and has brought our Learning Center to the center on our campus and in our community.  I run the all the workshops in the fall and model how to do it then I require all the tutors to pick a topic, research, and facilitate a workshop of their choosing--including doing the advertisement for it and so on.  Then they get to put on a "Lunch and Learn" that students and staff can attend.  I give them complete freedom in the topic that they pick and just ask that it has something to do with success in school.  We have had topics such as Memory and the Oral Tradition, Domestic Violence, Ruby Payne's Understanding Poverty, What Going to a Conference is Like, and so on.  Everybody loves them and we have a full house every time.  We also go out into the community in the spring semester to area high schools and give presentations about the differences between college and high school.  The tutors share their stories of struggle and how they have gotten on the good path.  They are very uplifting and encouraging presentations.

 Deborah

Deborah LeClaire
Learning Center Director
Leech Lake Tribal College
PO Box 180, 6945 Little Wolf Road NW
Cass Lake MN 56633

office: (218) 335-4242
cell: (218) 252-6959





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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Christopher Elder
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:55 AM
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Subject: Re: Activities beyond tutoring for student staff

Karen,

Our tutors currently don't conduct any extracurricular activities, but I am in the idea stage. I am happy to share them with you. One such idea is for tutors (or myself, the Writing Specialist, and/or Lab Director) to hold various workshops of an hour each. Topics include Time management, how to study for a liberal arts test, how to study for a math test, how to take notes, and how to properly conduct research. The specialists and/or Lab Director would create the workshops, but the tutors would have the option in how it is presented (putting information in a Powerpoint presentation, etc.)
Beyond that I do not have any other ideas, but am open to any information disseminated on the listserve.

Sincerely,

Chris Elder
Math Specialist
Title III/Developmental Education
Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway College)
(386) 754-4445


It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
-Albert Einstein



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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Carmichael, Ed.D, Karen Y.
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:02 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Activities beyond tutoring for student staff

Hi everyone,

I hope your summer is off to a roaring start; we're in the midst of Orientation and looking ahead to fall 2010.

We want to start engaging our student staff in activities for the center beyond their tutoring duties. For example, we're thinking of having them assist more with marketing as well as conducting workshops, etc. For those of you who currently engage your student staff beyond tutoring, could you describe some of the things they do for you and how you make it happen-additional tutor certification perhaps?

If they conduct workshops for you, which ones and do they create the presentation themselves? If you have a Student Advisory Council, what are they charged with and how often do they meet?

A description of anything your tutors do beyond tutoring would be most helpful. Thanks, in advance for your help with this.

Karen Carmichael, Ed.D.
Associate Director, Academic Resource Center/Treasurer, Staff Senate
Loyola Marymount University
310-338-7696


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