Academic Support & Group Tutoring: A Win-Win Opportunity For Tutors, Tutees & Colleges
Colleges and universities are seeing more and more students in need of some remediation to help them bridge the gap between high school graduation and college success. Tutoring has long been one of the go to programs to help students articulate and achieve their academic goals.
Traditional one-to-one tutoring provides a relatively cost-effective solution for many institutions. However, shrinking budgets coupled with increased demand and limited auxiliary funding sources often means that learning centers and tutoring programs can no longer afford to provide individual tutoring to all of the students who request it. Rather than having to turn away students or limit their access to academic support services, institutions are increasingly looking to group tutoring as a viable programmatic offering and an integral part of the services available to students.
Group tutoring not only helps institutions stretch the academic support dollars but it also offers a rich learning experience for students that helps pave the way toward their academic independence. In addition, group tutoring fosters effective team-working, communication, and self-advocacy skills, which are all highly regarded as essential components of a successful workforce.
In this webinar, participants will explore several structural components of group tutoring as well as the benefits and potential problems associated with this model. We will discuss how to design, implement and integrate group tutoring into the larger array of academic support services.
- Examine several models of group tutoring
- Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of group tutoring for the tutors, the tutees, and the institution
- Discuss the financial investment, physical space needs, program promotion and the integration of group tutoring into an existing tutoring program
- Explore issues around successful group tutoring strategies to include group dynamics and individual personalities; managing multiple skill levels and tutee support needs; and specialized training for effective group tutoring
- Identify potential points of resistance from your constituencies and ways to overcome them
- Discuss marketing strategies
- Share ideas, questions, and concerns
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Learning Centers
- Tutoring Staff
- Advising & Counseling
- Retention Specialist
- Anyone interested in learning more about group tutoring & its benefits
"Successful group tutoring not only helps students improve their content knowledge, it also offers both tutee and tutor valuable opportunities to learn effective team-working, communication and self- advocacy skills in a cost-effective and efficient learning environment thereby creating a win-win situation for the tutor, the tutees and the college."
Roberta is an active member of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). She served as president of the CRLA Northeast Chapter in 2014, the site chair for the CRLA national conference in Boston in 2013, assistant coordinator for CRLAs International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) for the past twelve years and four years as coordinator of the annual Outstanding Tutor Award. Last year the CRLA Executive Board appointed her to lead the ITTPC as the ITTPC Coordinator.
In addition, Roberta is a member of the New England Peer Tutor Association (NEPTA) where she has served on the NEPTA steering committee for the past twelve years and a member of Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE). She also served as co-chair for the 2008 National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) 2008 conference.
Roberta has presented at numerous regional and national conferences. She has directed tutorial and academic support programs at a small, urban community college, a large private research university and currently at a small, private, liberal arts college for women. She has extensive experience in the field of tutoring, tutor training, academic support services, student retention initiatives, grant writing and grant management and has developed and taught first year experience courses at both the university and community college level. Roberta is a contributing author to the CRLA Handbook for Training Peer Tutors and Mentors, the Innovative Educators Tutor Lingo training series and the lead author for the CRLA Standards, Outcomes and Assessments for levels 1, 2 and 3 tutor training programs.
She has received numerous awards and commendations including the prestigious 2014 CRLA Robert Griffin Award for Long and Outstanding Service.
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Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.
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Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.
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