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​James,

I like to liken it to "using what you have already paid for"  (tutoring is
free here, when you pay a hefty tuition bill).   I like to compare it to
using the Library  - it is a resource for you to use because we don't
expect you to know everything. ​  Do they every go on-line to ask questions
they don't know?  With tutoring you get a real person that the professor
has indicated actually knows something about the subject.  Sometimes I get
a little chippy with the student (who has a personality and we have the
relationship to handle it) and say something like, "It's kind of dumb NOT
to use it."

​As you can see, I try almost anything to reframe it.

Joy​



Joy de Leon
Assistant Dean of Students
Director, Learning Enrichment and Disability Services
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511
(608) 363-2572 (office)
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On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 3:16 PM, James Scudder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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
> > >> 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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