New Classroom Tutor Program in the Works!

by Brad Hughes and Sim Barhoum

We are working on a Classroom Tutor Program that fits with Mesa College’s needs. We are currently developing the best possible peer-assisted study sessions that are lead by Classroom Tutors (CT’s). These sessions will be directly after the normal class session. CT sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal, creative, and fun review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items. Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by CT’s, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

We are planning on starting the CT Program in the fall starting with math and science courses. We are currently developing the CT protocols and have reached out to other successful classroom tutor colleges. We are attending the math retreat at the end of May to help professors understand what a CT will and will not do. Here is the short list of what we think the Mesa CT Program will look like (we welcome any feedback for changes):

  • There is no extra work for Professors – this is a hands-off approach
  • CT’s are self-directed and will run the study sessions based off of classroom notes
  • Using a CT is a “free service” offered to all students in a targeted course
  • The CT Program targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students – There is no remedial stigma
  • It is a voluntary program for students and Professors
  • Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse ethnicities participate

Our goal is to:

  • To increase retention within targeted historically difficult courses
  • To improve student grades in targeted historically difficult courses
  • To increase the graduation rates of students
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