Equity Training for Tutors

"Equity Training for Tutors" begins by asking tutors to self-identify five things that highlight their cultural life/identity. The tutors discuss their selections and then watch the video "Danger of a Single Story." The goal is to have tutors connect their own diversity to the diversity of others. After viewing the film, tutors reflect upon how they might be seen by others as compared to how they see themselves. The focus of this training is on the professionalization of tutoring. While the focus here is on equity training for tutors, this activity could be used with any campus constituency.

Habits of Mind and Tutoring: DOLPHIN

This article discusses the creation of a Habits of Mind-inspired value system (Dream, Organize, Learn, Persist, Have a plan, Innovate, and Never give up; DOLPHIN) for a tutoring center in a medium-sized community college. This article is intended for those who are interested in the application of Habits of Mind in tutoring. Habits of Mind and Tutoring: DOLPHIN

Theoretical Framework for Tutoring

This handout summarizes four learning dimensions as outlined by the Reading Apprenticeship (RA) Framework and how these dimensions could relate to tutoring. Often, educators think of tutors as “mini-subject-experts.” However, tutors are not intended to duplicate or reiterate course content. Rather, tutors are better-suited to serve as experts in the learning process. Tutors are in a unique position to help students make social and personal connections to classroom learning. By working with peers, tutors can help students build learning skills and the ability to master classroom concepts...

Extending the Class at State Center Community College District

Extending the Class (ETC) is an academic support program offering free, regularly scheduled study sessions for students enrolled in historically difficult courses. ETC targets courses, not students. Attendance is voluntary and study sessions are peer-facilitated. ETC study sessions use collaborative learning strategies that integrate what to learn (content) with how to learn (study skills). ETC leaders attend class lecture/lab and provide deliberate, active involvement in class to help students and assist the instructor. ETC is intrusive, integrated, and planned. The Challenge In creating a...

Resources for Underprepared Students

The Basic Skills Work Group of the Online Education Initiative is currently focused on identifying “just in time” modules that can be embedded into online courses. Many of our students arrive on campus not yet academically prepared to succeed in courses. These students often lack the mathematics, reading, writing, English second language, and information competency skills that college faculty expect of incoming “freshmen.” Faculty do not always have the time, nor the discipline expertise, to assist these students while still fulfilling the content requirements. Faculty are often left with two...

Online Tutoring

All California Community Colleges now have the opportunity to take advantage of tutoring resources that augment local college tutoring services. Each college may choose services that best meet its needs: Tutoring Platform: Free system-wide license for use and training of the LSI WorldWideWhiteboard platform, making it easy for students, faculty, and staff to collaborate and tutor online. Online Tutors: Low-cost license for LSI’s NetTutor that provides online, on-demand services to meet with live online tutors, submit questions, and review essays. Colleges may choose to provide a mix of local...

Pathways at Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College (PCC) leverages district and federal resources to operate "PCC Pathways," a comprehensive approach designed to ensure that students identify and complete their academic goals in a timely manner. The program guarantees students full schedules -- including difficult-to-get English and math courses -- in the fall and spring semesters of their first year and provides them with the critical support they need outside of the classroom. PCC Pathways goes beyond merely a "first-year experience," however, by offering to students a second-year component as well. In 2015-16 more...