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Tutor Updates

Tutors,

Happy Friday! We have made it through our first week of tutoring. Thanks to everyone who met with students this week.

First of all, this weekend is a payroll deadline. Make sure to have all of your hours in PeopleSoft and your visits logged in TutorTrac by midnight on Sunday.

Second, if you haven’t complete the Preventing Sexual Harassment training, you should. The first date of the semester has been announced. That will be on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, from 11:00 to 12:00. It will meet in the Frank Livak Room (417) in the Davis Center. There’s no need to pre-register; just show up. That is paid time, so let me know if you are attending. If you are unable, keep an eye out, as I’ll send out more dates when they are announced.

Tutors with Co-op hours: remember to check in with the front desk staff. We have plenty of new employees all around the Co-op, and it’s useful for everyone to know each other. Remember to write your name on the whiteboard outside of your work space. Also, it’s really helpful to greet your student in the lobby area. Sometimes, students don’t know you’re already waiting in the cubicle!

Finally, we have plenty of requests for courses for which we currently have no eligible tutors. If you are able to work with any of these, or you know someone who might be, let me know. Here they are:
EC 172, STAT 200, FREN 109, CHEM 161, HST 012, MATH 017, MATH 015, MMG 001, CDAE 254, PHIL 013, PSS 161, RMS 213, FOR 185, BIOC 212, ANTH 174, STAT 221

Bonus: a senior at Southern New Hampshire University is working on a senior project that looks at tutoring (!). She has asked I send out this link to you in order for you to complete her survey. It only takes a few minutes of your time, and it helps a fellow student conduct research! Help a peer out:

https://snhu.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1Alc3QJVoqOtCWF

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks,
Keith

First update of the year!

Tutors,

Hello again! This is the first of my regular Friday emails this semester. We’ll be having our start of the semester meetings next week. I will offer two, but you only need to attend one.

  • Tuesday, August 26th, in L/L A161 at 5:30
  • Wednesday, August 27th, in Lafayette 111 at 7:30

We’ll be reviewing all the basic policies around tutoring, as well as completing the paperwork. I will collect availability from those of you who would like to have Co-op appointments. If you are unable to attend either meeting, please let me know. We will have to find another time to meet.

In the mean time, you should consider adding new courses for which you might be eligible to tutor. You can do that by having your instructor complete the form following this link:

https://www.uvm.edu/learnco/?Page=fac/recommend.html&SM=fac/facSubmenu.html

Let me know if there are any issues, or if you have any questions. I’ll see you all next week. Mark your calendars: tutoring begins Monday, September 8th.

Thanks,
Keith

Spring Training

Tutors,

At the initial meetings at the start of the semester, I mentioned some changes to the tutoring position here in the Learning Co-op. I wanted to share some more information about the training that will go on this semester and encourage you all to consider it.

The training is designed to help develop the abilities of Learning Co-op tutors to discuss and work with studying and learning generally. It will be practically minded, and focused on group work around realistic tutoring scenarios. We assume that tutors already possess a comprehension and confidence in their particular field(s) of study, and our goal is to fill the gaps.

Topics of discussion will be those most important to building a successful study system: motivation, time management, note-taking, critical reading, preparing for exams, test-taking strategies, technology, and learning strategies. There will be scheduled meeting times, as well as some responsibilities outside of those sessions such as readings, videos, and relevant activities.

All the time is paid, and participation prioritizes tutors for several different opportunities: first chance at selecting Co-op tutoring hours in the fall, SI leader positions, recitation leader positions, and Learning at UVM group session leaders. If earning money and or gaining experience are your goals, then you should strongly consider attending.

The sessions will be meeting 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays, starting March 12 and ending April 9. We are looking for individuals who can commit to all five meetings, however, we understand that your schedules are complicated. If you are interested, but unable to attend some or all of the sessions, be sure to let me know. There may be other possibilities.

I am looking for those who are interested to contact me by the end of next week (Friday, February 14).

Let me know if you have any questions about this. Have a great weekend!

Thanks,
Keith

October 18

Tutors,

The Student Employment Office has announced the new sexual harassment training procedure. Attending one of the sessions listed below is required for all student employees at UVM. All employees must attend a sexual harassment training session by the end of the semester, or positions will be terminated. The only exception to this would be having a certificate of completion for the now retired online sexual harassment training module. If you believe this applies to you, it would be best to check with me and confirm. You must have started working before 10/01/12.

I believe there will be more sessions scheduled later this semester, and I will pass those along as soon as I get them. Let me know if there are any questions on this. This is paid time, so be sure to submit an hour in PeopleSoft, and send me an email when you attend.

Tutor Requests: CS 121, CHEM 121, EC 160, POLS 150, PHIL 013
As usual, let me know if you can work with any of these courses.

Thanks,
Keith

Sexual Harassment Training Sessions
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (EST5EDT)
Location: Davis Center 417 (Frank Livak Ballroom)

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (EST5EDT)
Location: Davis Center Sugar Maple Ballroom (Room 400)

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am (EST5EDT)
Location: Waterman 338 (Memorial Lounge)

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am (EST5EDT)
Location: Billings B300/B300A (North Lounge)

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (EST5EDT)
Location: Waterman 427A

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (EST5EDT)
Location: Davis Center 403 (Williams Family Room)

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am (EST5EDT)
Location: Davis Center 403 (Williams Family Room)

Tutors,

I hope everyone’s doing well. We have a lot to report this week, so please give this email a good read.

First, this coming Sunday will be another deadline for submitting your hours. Remember to get those hours into PeopleSoft, and all of your sessions are in TutorTrac. Also, bring in your Work Summary Reports if you have them. You should address any irregularities in this process with an email to me. Effective next week, any issues with payroll will require you coming in to talk to me.

Second, here is a quick policy update. When you are working in the Learning Co-op, please write your name on your workspace’s designated whiteboard. This allows front desk staff members and students to find tutors quickly and easily.

Third, here are some statistics. For the month of September 2012 alone (a three week period), subject area tutors recorded 158 different students with 316 tutoring sessions. Our total sessions exceeds numbers from the last few years. Great job to all of you busy tutors; you’ve all worked hard to help a lot of your peers. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Fourth, a private tutoring opportunity has come up for CHEM 031. For someone who wants to work with a student regularly to assist with CHEM 031, get in touch with me.

Next, an update on outstanding tutor requests. These are courses for which we do not have any/enough current tutors listed:
BIOL 001, CDAE 002, BIOL 003, SPAN 001-109, CHEM 121, EC 060, NR 104, MATH 173, CS 031
If you can work with any of these courses, do let me know.

Finally, as we approach the end of the semester, please notify me if you will be graduating. It’s never too early to start talking about planning for next semester. Giving me the notice allows me to recruit tutors for any courses you tutor. This helps me, students, and other tutors. So, let me know!

And one last note: I hope everyone has an amazing, overwhelmingly fantastic Halloween. Feel free to tutor in costumes. Be smart, safe, and a have a blast!

Thanks,
Keith