Hi Danna,

A couple ideas: To kick off each semester, I run a full day tutor training.  I have new tutors come for training in the morning, with returning tutors coming in for lunch (provided) and activities in the afternoon and all together, we do <fun> team building activities, tutor training activities, more team building.  Tutor training has the reputation of being fun and valuable (as rated by them after each training)… and this gets all the tutors looking forward to training each semester! {btw – every afternoon training session is different. So, if you’re a returning tutor, you are not doing the same activities that you did last semester, or even last year. (Morning training for new tutors IS the same, bc they only do that once.)}

I have found when planning special events, if I plan them as close to the first and last day of the semester, I have a better turn-out.  I usually have tutor training on the day before the semester begins and our Tutor Appreciation Luncheon the day after the semester ends.  For our Appreciation luncheon, we always do mock elections and a fun activity - scavenger hunt, Trivia, Minute to win it, Who wants to be a Millionaire.  I have had good success!

Hope this helps J

Thank you~

 

Terri Wasyl Lamb

Academic Success Coach

Mathematics Learning Specialist

Tutor Program Coordinator

Learning Assistance Center

Schoolcraft College

 

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Subject: Tutor party ideas?

 

What do you do to pump up your tutors right before your center opens for tutoring?  It was suggested to me by some tutors that they would like to mingle with their fellow tutors since they don’t know everyone.  We have 4 centers, so most tutors never see one another.  I took their suggestions, and last semester on the Friday before tutoring began, we had an ice cream social.  It did not go over as I had hoped.  Only 5-6 new tutors and 2 returning tutors came – we have around 70 tutors total each semester.  Also, a hope of mine was that the new tutors could meet the returning tutors since they don’t meet each other until they begin working together.  During early August, we have a returning tutor meeting and new tutor training for our new tutors.  I’d like for this get-together to be during the week before tutoring begins and not focus on training material, but serve as a way to get them excited for the next week’s opening. 

 

I’m always on the lookout for ways to get our tutors more excited about their jobs – other suggests on this matter are welcomed, too.  J       

 

Danna Baggett
Director
Tutoring Services
903-510-3114

 

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