I think a single required tutoring session or visit for a specific assignment early in a semester can be a good thing. I believe students often don’t avail themselves of resources that are available to them simply because they don’t know how to go about accessing it or what they need to do when the get to the tutoring location, etc. If they have to go at least once – and have something to work on, of course – and find out that it isn’t all that difficult and that people are helpful, it can get them over that hurdle that may keep some from getting the help they need. We’ve found that students who are required to come to our Writing Center for at least one paper often end up coming back because they see how helpful it can be and that the staff is approachable. The dynamics might be different in an appointment-based setting, but for a walk-in center, I think one required visit can work. Mandatory ongoing tutoring, on the other hand, probably not.
Linda Whitlock, MA
Academic Link Coordinator
Virginia Western Community College
Link Learning Commons (Brown Library B103)
If an academic program requires tutoring, then doesn’t the provision of tutoring become an academic requirement of that program? I’d hope your administrator would support that line of response.
Would the right approach be to offer to train the tutors that this department will hire (or pay) and supervise these tutors in your center? You would then have an opportunity to assess the effectiveness of required tutoring in your center, all other factors remaining equal.
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On Mar 1, 2019, at 1:50 PM, Danna Baggett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Good afternoon, everyone! Happy Friday! I hope this email finds you well.
Out of curiosity, do any of you know of or have an article or data to show that required tutoring doesn’t work? I’m asking because we have some teachers that have decided to require their students come to tutoring several times a semester, not for a specific assignment, but to just come and get help. When those students come, they don’t have anything to work on AND have all decided to come together at the last minute. We don’t have the resources to handle that, plus it takes appointment slots away from students that WANT the help and we have to pay the tutors for an appointment that was useless.
I’d like to provide our teachers with some research so maybe they’d understand that tutoring only truly works if the student intrinsically wants the help. That’s been my experience anyway. Now, I have no problem with teachers providing extra credit to those that come and have a session. Students in this situation typically bring something to work on or have questions. Secondly, not too many come if it’s just for extra credit.
Thanks for any information!
Director, Tutoring Services
Tyler Junior College
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