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We refer to the support as Academic Coaching--and also have Academic Trainers for support with general strategies such as reading, studying, time management, etc.

It is not uncommon for this generation to seek personal trainers for fitness and athletics--we sell it along this same model.
It has worked very well. We emphasize that the best students are the ones who seek out resources--and use the statistics to show that those who use the support outperform those who do not use the support.

I will be presenting on this at NCLCA in October.

Gina Burkart, Ed.D.
Learning Specialist, Margaret Mann Academic Resource Center (The MARC)
Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52001-3198
(563) 588-8195
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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of James Scudder <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:16 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Academic Support Workshops

Good morning,

I too have encountered tutee's, active and prospective, who struggle with
the word 'tutoring' as a negative term that indicate that they "need to be
helped" or "that they should be help" - even when they know that they are
in need of the help in the context of tutoring. Has anyone associated
tutoring as "collaborative learning" ? I assume that over time this too
will become a negavite concept as well.

Jen, I like the idea of "helping students reframe the idea of "help" as
showing maturity and a competency they can leverage in the real world." I
also like to help reframe by using the examples based on the history of
education and the origins of tutoring. If I have this right, in many cases,
education was accomplished through tutoring. It was also a way to establish
credibility for ones knowledge or expertise. In modern times, we see this
happening in the form of internships as well as apprenticeships. I'll get
off my soapbox :-).

On Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 8:26 AM, Jennifer Daniel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> One other point to consider is the age of the student.
>
> First year students "don't know what they don't know," so having some
> required visits for learning support might not be a bad idea.  For us -
> there are times when first year students don't get options b/c the research
> tells us that they need help.
>
> After that point - I would agree with the sentiments below.  The
> motivation isn't there, so the appointments are ineffective.
>
> For us our goal has been the change the narrative of what tutoring is in
> college.  Also, we try to reframe the idea of "help" as showing maturity
> and a competency they can leverage in the real world.
>
> Jen
>
> Jennifer Smith Daniel,
> Director of Writing and Learning Services
>      The Center for Student Success
> Queens University of Charlotte
> 1900 Selwyn Avenue
> Charlotte, NC  28274
> 704-337-2209
> 704-688-2738 Fax
>
> ¡°Non ministrari sed ministrare¡±
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:
> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of TRPP
> Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 4:44 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Academic Support Workshops
>
> Here's another reason not to offer incentives for tutoring.
>
> Research shows that external rewards do not foster intrinsic motivation
> and, in fact, are counterproductive to it!
>
> Thanks for this discussion
>
> Sharon
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jul 17, 2015, at 2:34 PM, Nic Voge <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Very illuminating example, Michele. Thanks for sharing it.
> > Nic
> > ________________________________________
> >
> >
> > Dominic (Nic) J. Voge  ||  Associate Director Undergraduate Learning
> > Program McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning ||  Princeton University
> > 328 Frist Center
> > (609)258-6921  || http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/us/
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> 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
> >> ©øWe need help©÷ 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 doesn©öt 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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