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Thank you everyone. This has been immensely helpful as I work on my draft. It's great to have access to such wonderful professional advice and wisdom as I am currently an academic support team of one.

Saundra and Rod, thank you for sharing from your experience and insights. At the graduate level I believe that line between tutoring and academic coaching is tight. My background is mostly working with students (both undergraduate and graduate/professional) on learning strategies and academic writing support. I have only been at Jefferson since June, but I have found it interesting that students have been quick to request tutoring and slow to address adaptations to study habits. It does not come as a real surprise as these are high achieving students who have a tool box of strategies that worked at their undergraduate institution, so they are puzzled when previous strategies aren't efficient or effective at the graduate level. But we all know that from context-to-context the unique demands on a student change and requires them to adopt a different approach and strategies to meet these new challenges. I have worked with many a student at my previous institutions who've internalized this struggle as a threat to their ability and/or intelligence (and these are our "top" students). Adapting to any new learning context is difficult, especially when the stakes are high.  My role has (and will continue to be) to help students understand this new landscape and help interpret how they have to adapt to it. This isn't always easy, I prompt the student to do a lot of reflecting and connecting the dots which often takes time and requires some buy-in from the student. But hearing from other seasoned students, in their own fields, on how to adapt and apply knowledge would be huge. This is why I believe tutoring at this level could be a wonderful service. Yes, the tutors would be assisting to an extent on the content level, but also helping student's adjust their approach to their content as a trained Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Acute Care Nurse, etc. I can talk to them all day about study strategies, but I am curious if creating the space for them to learn from each other will accelerate that transition. I also do not see tutoring as necessarily remediation for the student, but to be honest (and I say this with great respect to their very well educated and component instructors) tutoring remediates their instruction-- it's an added support level to their learning.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Saundra Y McGuire
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 11:12 PM
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Subject: Re: Tutoring for Graduate and Professional Students

I have also found that most graduate/professional school students who think they need tutoring really need information on developing good learning strategies.  When they learn how to study effectively, this often (but not in every case) eliminates the need for a tutor.

Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.
(Ret) Assistant Vice Chancellor  & Professor of Chemistry Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success
433 Choppin Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803



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Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 10:13 AM
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Brian -

Just a few brief notes to pass along. While we donıt work with many students from our med/pharm campus, the ones we do work with are almost always referred to us for issues related to either test-taking/study skills or oral communication help. The students in these professional health science programs tend to be high achievers academically, but some find that the study habits that had served them well as undergraduates are either insufficient, inefficient, or counter-productive in their new environment. Having spent years working tutoring/teaching study skills to mostly under-prepared or un-motivated students, I was initially surprised, and still sometimes am, by how difficult it is for ³good students² to break ³bad habits² that have produced positive results in the past but are now doing just the opposite! On the communication side, we work with a good number of med students or residents who have speaking and pronunciation issues related to being non-native speakers of Engl!
 ish speakers. We have a conversation group that meets weekly and is facilitated by students working on their TESOL certifications; we also have graduate students from speech and language pathology who do evaluations and recommend exercises for students wishing to reduce their accents/improve their English speaking clarity. Students who are interested can also attend the accent reduction clinic on campus at a reduced cost.

Best of luck to you on your proposal!

Rob

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On 1/7/15, 10:29 AM, "Patrick Patterson" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Brian,
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>I hope you're doing well! I work at a health science university (whose
>biggest program is a Doctor of Chiropractic program) and run our
>tutoring services here if you have any questions.
>
>Thanks!
>
>Patrick D. Patterson, M.Ed.
>Learning Specialist
>Academic Support Office
>Southern California University of Health Sciences
>16200 Amber Valley Drive, Whittier CA 90604
>Phone: (562) 947-8755 (ext. 565)
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>Hi All,
>
>Happy New Year everyone! I serve mostly graduate and professional
>students (some upper-level undergrads) in the health sciences
>(medicine, nursing, pharmacy, etc.). I am basically the only FTE in
>academic support and I have recently begun to write up a proposal for
>tutoring/peer mentoring services for our students. A service I believe
>would be a great benefit to our students. I am currently working on
>this with faculty in Pharmacy.
>
>If you run or have a tutoring service for similar students (graduate or
>professional students in the bio/med sciences) would you please contact
>me? I have some questions for you as I put this proposal together. I
>would greatly appreciate any insight you may have (big or small!) .
>
>It's beginning to feel like winter here in the Northeast. I hope the
>semester is getting off to great start for everyone.
>
>Cheers!
>Brian
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