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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

December 6, 2013

Tutors,

I hope this email finds you well. Exams are underway, and I know you must be face-deep in those text books. I wish you all the best of luck with finals.

As you should all know, tutoring ended on Wednesday. Unless we had discussed an extenuating circumstance, no tutoring should go on during  finals. No time will be approved after December 4th, unless you had prior approval.

This weekend is the final pay deadline for subject area tutors. Please make sure that all of your hours are in PeopleSoft, and all of your visits are accurately recorded in TutorTrac before Sunday at midnight. If you don’t get time in, you may not be paid until you return in January. For that reason, if you have any questions at all about PeopleSoft or TutorTrac, do let me know.

We have updated TutorTrac. The good news: you shouldn’t receive any more messages regarding the security of the site. The bad news: if you had the site bookmarked, you will have to redo that. The URL is: https://tutoring.uvm.edu

I hope you all have a fantastic break. For those of you graduating, congratulations and fare well. For those of you going on to internships or studying abroad, enjoy yourselves, and hopefully we’ll see you soon. For those of you here in the spring, you should get an email from me in January about an all-tutor meeting. Keep an eye out for it.

Thanks,
Keith

November 15

Tutors,

Many of you have already let me know about your spring plans. I just want to say one more time that it would be incredibly useful for us in the Co-op if you could let me know if you will be either abroad in the spring, graduating in December, or planning to no longer be a tutor. If we have already talked about this, thank you.

Also, if you have Co-op hours and you plan on leaving early or returning late from Thanksgiving Break, let me know so we can make any necessary changes to the schedule.

Remember, tutoring ends on the same day that classes end: Wednesday, December 4th. The Learning Co-op will NOT pay you for any hours you spend tutoring during the exam period, so please plan accordingly with your students.

I have finally received information about future sexual harassment trainings. If you have not already attended, you should plan on going to one of the times listed below. Please, email me when you have attended the training, so we can record that as part of your file here in the Learning Co-op. This is paid time, so submit one hour into PeopleSoft on the date which you attended.

Monday, November 18, 2013
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 422 (Jost Foundation Room)

Tuesday, December 03, 2013
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 413 (Chittenden Bank Room)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 422 (Jost Foundation Room)

Thursday, January 30, 2014
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 417 (Frank Livak Room)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 422 (Jost Foundation Room)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 417 (Frank Livak Room)

Monday, March 10, 2014
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 417 (Frank Livak Room)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 417 (Frank Livak Room)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Workstudy Preventing Sexual Harassment Training
(Confirmed) Davis Center 400/400D (Sugar Maple + Summit)