Thanks for posing this topic. We have a situation where advisors think that tutoring should be mandatory for certain circumstance.
I think that is in direct opposition to tenets of higher education; if the student doesn’t want the help, that is the student’s choice. Our students are adults and we should treat them as such. You can lead a horse to water . . .
I’d be interested in any information too.
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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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