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Very illuminating example, Michele. Thanks for sharing it.
Nic
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Dominic (Nic) J. Voge  ||  Associate Director
Undergraduate Learning Program
McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning ||  Princeton University
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On 7/17/15, 3:00 PM, "Michele Doney" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I also have very mixed feelings about requiring/incentivizing tutoring as
>a way to get people to go.  Due to the limits of our ever-shrinking
>budget, tutoring capacity is very much a zero sum game for us.  People
>who show up just to get the points are taking up seats that could go to
>students who actually want to be there.  Case in point:  For the past
>several years, students in biochemistry were given bonus points for
>attending at least one tutoring session before each of the four exams.
>What we saw:  with almost no exceptions, biochem students attended
>tutoring EXACTLY four times per semester, and their tutors complained
>bitterly that students showed up for their tutoring sessions unprepared
>and it was difficult to get them to engage during the session.  I finally
>begged the biochem instructor to take the bonus points out of his
>syllabus (he had inherited the practice from the previous instructor and
>was very willing to be flexible- I wish I had asked much sooner!).  The !
> result:  biochem tutoring fell by a whopping 92% in a single year.  This
>freed up enough tutoring capacity to allow students in paced general
>chemistry to sign up to receive weekly one-on-one tutoring, which
>everyone agrees is a much better use of tutors' time.
>
>M
>
>Michele Costabile Doney, MSEd
>Director, Math & Science Resource Center
>Adjunct Instructor, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
>Recording Secretary, Higher Education Officers Council
>Secretary, Association for the Tutoring Profession
>NCLCA Certified Learning Center Professional ­ Level One
>John Jay College of Criminal Justice
>Room 01.94 NB
>524 W 59 ST
>New York, NY 10019
>646-557-4595
>
>________________________________________
>From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
>[[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Rebecca Sue McGuire
>[[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2015 11:35 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Academic Support Workshops
>
>As Coordinator of Tutoring Services I also see some of these same issues
>tied to getting students into the Tutoring Center. We frequently hear
>from students once they have come to the center "Boy! I wish I had
>started doing this earlier". So why don't they come earlier? As Morgan
>stated, many students do not want to attend anything that would imply "I
>need help", even when it is obvious that they need help. We have bounced
>around the idea of other names than "tutoring" but have yet to come up
>with anything that the students feel would make a difference to
>prospective tutees.
>
>As for mandating a tutoring session I have seen mixed results. Some
>students see it as a required part of an assignment and just do it. And
>yes, some of those students do see the benefits of this resource and do
>return. Then there are those students that come but have no intention of
>participating and resent the fact they have been required to set foot in
>the Tutoring Center. This is quite frustrating for the tutors and does
>not make for a pleasant atmosphere at all. There are also those students
>that do not show up in the Tutoring Center even when it is required. Is
>it worth the frustration and difficult sessions if only a few are going
>to see the benefit of this added resource? Absolutely! If we can get a
>handful of students to see the benefits of tutoring it is well worth it.
>I do ask my tutors to note a difficult session, particularly if it is
>because of a tutee's attitude. If the teacher that is requiring the
>session asks for a record of the sessions, this is passed on !
> as we see necessary.
>
>One thing we are working on is to make the Tutoring Center and spaces
>more inviting. Anything from art work on the walls to a friendly and
>inviting face right as you walk in are being used. Any wonderful ideas
>and suggestions along this line are more than welcome.
>
>
>R. Sue McGuire
>Coordinator of Tutoring Services
>Learning Specialist
>Lees-McRae College
>
>________________________________________
>From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
><[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Morgan Church
><[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 1:44 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Academic Support Workshops
>
>Eric,
>
>I am new to this field but recently diving into to the Academic Support
>Department. I have
>found out form other colleges that many students do not like to attend
>things if they could
>be classified as ³We need help² workshops. I am not sure exactly how you
>have been
>advertising for these classes but it could help to change the title to
>something that doesn¹t
>make students feel some of the stereotypes behind receiving help form
>academic support. I
>might also help students attend if instructors could mandate that
>students attend at least
>one workshop or provide extra credit for those who attend. This would
>encourage students
>that excel to attend and possible help students that are struggling feel
>less threatened. It
>might also be a more comfortable setting if you could house these
>workshops in student
>friendly environment rather than a set classroom or tutoring center area.
>I know that others
>have suggested to partner with the residence halls which is a great idea.
>
>Sincerely
>
>Morgan Church
>Graduate Student, Appalachian State University
>Caldwell County Family Literacy Instructor
>
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