Tutor Updates

Tutors,

I hope everyone is doing well. I know that those first rounds of exams have hit pretty much everyone by now. Things seem to be going well, so I’ll keep this one short this week.

This weekend is a pay deadline. Make sure your hours are in PeopleSoft and your visits are in TutorTrac.

Fun TutorTrac Fact:
Do you ever need or want to review or modify past TutorTrac visits? Go to the Trac Navigation bar in the top left; click on the magnifying glass; select ‘Visits’. This should bring up your most recent visits with students. By clicking on the link to the left on each entry, you can reopen those visits, and make changes as necessary. If you ever make a mistake on a date or subject, you can make those changes yourself by using this procedure.

CHEMISTRY TUTORS:
I still have a CCV student in need of a Chemistry tutor for an SAT subject area test. The student is looking to start immediately, and meet one to three times per week, for an hour each time. This would be a private tutoring opportunity for anyone who works with CHEM 031. The student is willing to pay for this arrangement. If you have any interest, let me know, and I can set you up with the student.

Finally, here is the list of requests we can’t fill. If you can work with a course, get the faculty recommendation and/or let me know. If you can’t, but a friend can, send them my way.
CDAE 061, EC 040, EC 133, BSAD 132, EC 160, CHEM 121, MATH 237, BSAD 161, MATH 270, BSAD 155, CS 064, BIOL 003, BIOC 212

Have a great weekend!

Thanks,
Keith

Tutor Updates

Tutors,

We have officially finished our first week of tutoring (5-day business week, that is). Things seem to be going well. The Learning Co-op has been bustling with the sounds of tutoring appointments. I’ve met with a few of you to go over TutorTrac and PeopleSoft, and I think that’s helped. If there are any more of you out there who are still confused with these two systems, please, come in and see me!

As we move through the semester, please let me know if you get either too many or two few requests. We can alter your available courses, or give out your contact information more or less often. For Co-op based appointments, remember, if you need to remove an availability, the earlier you let me know, the better it is for everyone. More than two weeks notice is ideal, at least a week is good, but anything less than 24 hours, excluding pretty severe emergencies, are completely unacceptable.

If you need to cancel an appointment:
a. Email Keith. Make clear whether or not you can follow up directly with the student to reschedule.
b. If it’s within 24 hours, please call/email the front desk [656-4075/learnco@uvm.edu].
c. Follow up with the student, and attempt to reschedule.

We’re looking for tutors for the courses listed below. Let me know if you can work with one of them. Feel free to refer friends/teammates/housemates/acquaintances/classmates/co-workers. We don’t like to leave students waiting for tutors, and your friends are probably smarter than you give them credit for. Seriously.

Requests: CSD 101, LING 081, NURS 120, PRNU 121, PRNU 128, PRNU 129, STAT 200, SOC 001, BIOC 212, CS 020, EC 170, EC 171, BSAD 155, ASCI 171, MATH 017, BCOR 102, CDAE 002, LING 165, BIOL 003, PHIL 013, ME 111, ME 143, PHYS 051, EE 003, EE 131, MATH 237, CS 008

Finally, this weekend is our first payroll submission deadline. Make sure all of your PeopleSoft submissions and TutorTrac records are up-to-date and accurate before Sunday at midnight.

Thanks,
Keith

First post of the semester!

Tutors,

This is the first of my regular emails to you all. I will try to keep them infrequent, and brief, but this is the best way to communicate with all of you at the same time, so please DO read the emails I send out.

Firstly, I have attached an up-to-date schedule for Co-op appointment availability. If you have hours in the Co-op, check the schedule, and make sure it’s accurate. If there are issues, you need to let me know as soon as possible.

Next, tutoring starts on Monday. Some of you may have already gotten emails, or appointments made for your Co-op hours. Remember, each session needs to be recorded in TutorTrac. You can’t be paid for time unless there is a session in TutorTrac; if you have any questions, let me know. Here are some things to keep in mind:
-Know your resources. The professor is the best resource for a student. You should always encourage a student to visit office hours. Also, keep in mind                 Learning Skills tutors, writing tutors, TAs, departmental help sessions, SI sessions, and the like, whenever applicable.
-Professional tutoring does NOT include: complaining about professors, other tutors, or Learning Co-op staff; texting or talking on your phone; arriving late             to or leaving early from a session, unless previously negotiated; working on graded assignments (unless arranged with an instructor).
-One individual appointment per week, per subject. No exceptions to this policy, but group sessions are unlimited.
If the expectations for you as a tutor are at all unclear to you, please come in and talk to me.

The next payroll submission deadline (all PeopleSoft and TutorTrac records) is Sunday, September 15 at midnight. Any time that doesn’t match between systems, or not submitted by then, will not be approved. Your pay will be delayed until the next pay period. Be sure to clear up any confusion by then (or earlier, of course).

Finally, here are some course requests which we currently cannot accommodate. If you, or perhaps someone you know, can work with one or more of these courses, let me know. As of right now, these are the courses we are trying to cover:
BIOL 217, STAT 200, CS 008, CS 021, SPAN 052

Many thanks,
Keith

Last post of the year!

Tutors,

Congratulations on getting through finals! It’s been a great year, and I want to thank you all for making that happen.

For all of you graduating, an even bigger congratulations to you. Thank you for all of your help during your time with us in the Co-op. I wish you the best of luck with everything that follows. Try to stay in touch; I’d be happy to serve as a reference in any capacity, and it is always good to know where Learning Co-op alumni end up!

For anyone who worked the last week of classes, make sure to get your time in. Your hours need to be in both PeopleSoft and in TutorTrac, or you won’t get paid. If you have any questions or issues, let me know.

For those of you not graduating, I hope to see you in August. I will email you all a couple weeks before classes start to announce our meeting. Feel free to contact me over the summer for whatever reason. Please note, though, that I will not be working during the month of July. I may not check my email regularly during that time. I will be here through June, and back on August 1st, however. I hope you all have an excellent summer! I will see in August!

Many thanks,
Keith

Tutors,

For everyone: Sunday at midnight is the usual deadline for payroll submissions. Get your things together. This is an important deadline, as it’s the last one which will provide a paycheck while you’re still around campus. Especially if you won’t be around Burlington, but generally for everyone, take special care in making sure to get all of your hours in with no issues. If you do any work next week, and you don’t have direct deposit, you’ll need to make arrangements to get your check.

For tutors returning in the fall: you should make sure to communicate to professors shortly after final grades are in about faculty recommendations for the fall. It’s a lot easier for instructors to talk about you immediately after the class finishes, as opposed to after a long summer. Professors forget things too, so make it easy on them and send that link to them in May instead of September.

Remember, we are all done tutoring after Wednesday, May 1st. Tutoring will continue as usual through Wednesday, but we will not do any more tutoring during finals. That includes weekends and reading days.

Good luck on those early finals!

Many thanks,
Keith