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Havens, Peter Sebastian; Williams, Melanie Stallings – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2019
While peer-assisted (PAL) learning strategies have been successful in K-12 programs, such practices are used less commonly at the college level. In addition, PAL programs are aimed largely at student populations who are struggling (for example, learning disabled students) or in topics where many students encounter difficulty (for example, math and…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Peer Teaching, Learning Strategies, Humanities
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DeFeo, Dayna Jean; Caparas, Fawn – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2014
Much scholarship about writing centers addresses benefits to students; this article instead explores the gains inherent in tutoring for the tutors themselves. Using a phenomenological methodology, this study analyzes reflective narratives from eight former writing center tutors in order to identify commonalities in their experiences. Although they…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Phenomenology, Writing (Composition), Laboratories
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Ticknor, Cindy S.; Shaw, Kimberly A.; Howard, Timothy – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2014
Many institutions struggle to develop a meaningful way to assess the effectiveness of drop-in tutorial services provided to students. This article discusses the development of a data collection system based on a visitor sign-in system that proved to be an efficient method of gathering assessment data, including frequency of visits, end-of-course…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Instructional Effectiveness, Data Collection, Efficiency
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Fullmer, Patricia – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2012
The Learning Resource Center at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, provides tutoring laboratories that are required for developmental reading, writing, and math courses. This article reviews the processes used to plan and determine the effectiveness of the tutoring laboratories, including logic models, student learning outcomes, and the results of…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Learning Resources Centers, Laboratories, Remedial Instruction
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Grogan, Jenna – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2011
Maximizing student potential requires explicit (yet flexible) guidelines for tutors and advisors. Many tutors enhance student potential by utilizing an effective process known as the "The Tutoring Cycle," which promotes content knowledge and facilitates independent success (MacDonald, 2000). Similarly, when students attend advising sessions in…
Descriptors: Tutors, Tutoring, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies
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Reinheimer, David; McKenzie, Kelly – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2011
A cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undeclared freshmen at a medium-sized university in Pennsylvania was used to study the relationship between tutoring and the retention rates and decision paths of undeclared students. Undeclared students who did and did not receive tutoring were tracked over four years to determine rate and…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Academic Persistence, Program Effectiveness, Tutoring
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Schmidt, Hans – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2011
This study considers how communication patterns shape the university tutor role. A combination of ethnographic observations and interviews were used to determine the communication behaviors of university tutors and tutees, which help to define what is, otherwise, an ambiguous role. Specifically, the communicative behaviors engaged in by tutors are…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Tutors, Higher Education, Ethnography
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Cooper, Erik – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2010
While tutoring as a whole has been demonstrated to improve student learning across a variety of subjects and age groups, there is little published evidence for the effectiveness of drop-in tutoring at the undergraduate level. This type of tutoring can be derided as homework help; however, it is clear from this study that students who made use of…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Peer Teaching, Academic Support Services, College Students
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Fullmer, Patricia – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2009
This article summarizes the use of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis and subsequent action planning as a tool of self-assessment to meet CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) requirements for systematic assessment. The use of the evaluation results to devise improvements to increase the…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Tutoring, Tutorial Programs, Program Evaluation
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Griswold, W. Gary – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2006
Little research has discussed how writing center tutors can help postsecondary students develop skill in reading. Via individual interviews, this investigator collected data from eleven writing center tutors at a large urban public university. Analysis of this data suggests that while nearly all of the tutors lacked specific knowledge of how…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Tutors, Interviews
Hendriksen, Sharon Ishiki; Yang, Lifen; Love, Barbara; Hall, Mary C. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2005
This article describes the developments in the assessment journey of a tutoring academic support program in a community college. The goal of our study was to determine if the Learning Center was doing what it said it was doing and what it could do to improve its services. Traditionally, the center had been evaluated on such accomplishments as…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Tutoring, Learning Centers (Classroom), Community Colleges
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Wright, Robin Redmon – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Examines affective influences on male student attitudes toward peer tutoring. Indicates that gender-specific sociolinguistic characteristics as well as cultural pressures impacted male students' willingness to seek academic assistance. Finds that both male developmental mathematics tutors and male developmental mathematics students admitted to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Males, Mathematics Instruction, Peer Teaching
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Bell, James H. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2002
Conducts two studies that asked whether undergraduates who attended one-to-one conferences on rough drafts improved as writers. Notes the first year focused on peer tutors, so few changes remained for students to make, and results were inconclusive; but the second year focused on a professional tutor. Finds 65% of revisions made afterwards were in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Revision (Written Composition), Tutoring
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McKay, Corene; Bell, James H.; Rafoth, Ben; Andre, Jo-Anne D. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2002
Presents a case study in which an undergraduate student brings into a writing center a poor and partial draft of a research paper due the next morning. Gives an analysis of the case study "It's Due Tomorrow: Tutoring Under a Deadline" and presents a case study response entitled "Oh What a Difference a Deadline Makes - Or Does…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Higher Education, Research Papers (Students), Tutoring
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Flagel, Pam; Bell, James H.; Mullin, Joan; Rafoth, Ben – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2001
Presents a case study of a tutoring session. Includes portions of the student's essay and perspectives from both student and tutor. Presents two responses to the case study that argue for focusing on the writer as a writer of a paper, instead of on the paper as a product of the tutorial; and on what makes a tutoring session effective. (SR)
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Student Relationship
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