At Buffalo State there is a designated Writing Center and Math Center, each with their own space. All the other tutoring occurs in designated study rooms. All tutoring is now in our library (Academic Commons). Since some of our "other" tutoring options have
a walk-in component, it's difficult to meet all tutees as they pop in. (Although I love that-so personal)
I have the study rooms numbered with a "reserved for tutoring" sign outside the door during the tutors' shifts. (The sign is plexiglass and affixed with suction cups.) I have 3X5 laminated cards with each tutor's picture and subject(s) tutored. This is also
affixed to the outside of the tutoring room with a suction cup.
At the "Ask Us" desk out front there is a tutoring schedule in a plexiglass picture frame. This lists each tutor and his/her room number for that day. I have a different schedule for each day of the work week. eg. "Who's here on Mondays?"
That said, I designed this system for when we moved into our beautiful, new "Academic Commons" space in the library...March 10, 2020. So, after all that planning I used it for less than a week! ACK!
Coordinator of Tutoring Services
E.H. Butler Library 149M
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Before we moved to online services, our tutors conducted their sessions in various approved places on campus. The approved places included the library, a computer lab, or a study space/lounge in a classroom building (some of our buildings have student
lounges where students can set up their computers, etc). When we shift to having in-person tutoring sessions again, I imagine that will continue.
We do not have specific designated places in the library or those classroom buildings. The tutors would contact the students directly to figure out where to meet. The most often used space was the library and the tutor would meet the student in the library
entrance lounge and go to a study/group space. (Our tutors wear nametags so their students can find them for their first session).
While we would love a designated space for tutoring this method has worked fairly well for us. It gives our tutors and students some flexibility, which we've found really valuable. Sometimes there are areas in the library that get very busy and the students
struggle with focusing on the tutoring session. With having that flexibility the tutor can move the sessions to a quieter/less distracting area by reserving a study room, etc. This also allows some of our tutors to use some other resources we don't have through
the center. For example, a lot of our anatomy tutors will hold their sessions during open anatomy lab hours in the lab itself. Additionally, it allows some flexibility in scheduling sessions, we have a lot of students that have had challenges finding a time
to meet with a tutor based off of their schedules (between classes and work/family care/etc) but if the tutor can meet the student in the classroom building right before their next class it opens up a lot of time where the student doesn't have to be concerned
about travel between buildings.
Our tutoring is set up through one hour weekly appointments that meet at the same day and time, so this has worked well with the structure of tutoring that we offer.
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Good Morning, everyone.
I am writing to see if anyone has the following set up for tutoring?
No dedicated room for tutoring but tutoring stations set up across campus in common spaces such as the library or open lounge/study spaces.
We are brainstorming this idea and would love any feedback positive or negative.
Thank you and happy Monday.
Lynda J. Sukolsky, M.Ed., PgC
Assistant Dean, Academic Enrichment & Retention
Seton Hill University
Senior Assistant Director for Academic Excellence
Forney Student Success Commons, Room 114 A
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