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Our cheap and simple solution in our walk-in center:  'flags' made of colored popsicle sticks help up by a medium binder clip. 

Students have a sign-in card and an appropriately colored flag (green for lower level math, red for physics, etc.). When they need help from a tutor, they put the flag up, whether that's right away when they are seated, after they've worked on their own for a while and get stuck, or they've had help, worked a while, and need more help. When the tutor is with them or they are working on their own, the flag is down.

To prevent tutor-hopping (or -hogging), tutors will write down the time they stopped working with a student in order to help another.  If students flip the flag back up immediately, other tutors can see that they've just had help and need to be reminded to try some work on their own.

This has worked wonderfully for us for several years now, long enough that we are on our second batch of colored sticks.


Elizabeth Dewey
Teaching/Learning Center, Delta College
University Center, MI 48710



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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Daniel Bates
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:31 PM
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Subject: Tutor "Flagging System" Ideas

Hello All,

We are in the process of switching the focus of how students receive tutoring services through our success center.  We are wanting to discourage a culture of students from being codependent on our tutors by utilizing some sort of flagging system to alert the tutors to students when they are requiring assistance with a concept.  We would be tremendously grateful to hear what other centers have found to work well with their students and any tips on implementing this new system.

Thank you,



Daniel Bates
UCC Tutoring Specialist
WK: (541) 440-4600 ext. 4607
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