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Daniel,



Codependence is, I am sure, something that we all struggle to combat. In my opinion, though, it is much less a function of the tutoring delivery format and much more a function of tutor training.



For example, a "flag" system might discourage students from struggling with a problem, instead flagging as soon as they become unsure. A poorly-trained tutor might then provide a correct answer or explanation. In a one-on-one appointment, by contrast, a student who encounters a difficulty will be met by a well-trained tutor with a subtle redirection or metacognitive guidance.



I think that there are valid reasons for a drop-in, one-on-many tutoring format: lack of budget or lack of available qualified tutors, for example. I don't think it is really a fix for the codependence problem, however.


Jered Wasburn-Moses
Math Center Coordinator
Success Skills Coordinator
Learning Assistance Programs
Northern Kentucky University
http://lap.nku.edu<http://lap.nku.edu/>
University Center 170F
(859) 572-5779


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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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