This scenario is one of the reasons I’m a strong proponent of content assessment as part of the interview. Students who took AP courses in high school or who tested out of a class or who simply took them two or three years ago frequently forget (or may never have learned) key information no matter how strong their grades are and how great their letters of recommendation appear.
For core classes in particular, our professional tutors, who taught at the institution recently, developed a few sets of questions for each core subject ranging from fundamentals review (late high school material) through the typical 2000-level courses, e.g., Calculus II or Organic Chemistry II.
I asked the professional tutors to assess the student’s answers and meet with them for a mock session and to discuss the results if they flag any concerns. Some applicants are given the opportunity to retest after meeting with the assessor and setting up a set of topics to review.
Debbie Malewicki, President
Integrity 1st Learning Support Solutions
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I am running into an issue with tutors who have taken math courses as dual credit. A couple of my dual credit math tutors are telling me they didn’t cover the math material in their dual credit courses that they are now being asked to assist our in seat math students with. Is anyone else seeing this issue? If so, what are you doing to overcome this? Is anyone using a “math test/quiz” with any new hires to gauge what they know or don’t know? I have also experienced this same situation with dual credit Found of Chem course. Anything you are willing to share with me is greatly appreciated!
Moberly Area Community College
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