Category Archives: Tutor Tips

60 Minutes

Tutoring Appointments are scheduled in 60 minute blocks of time.  Tutors should plan to use the majority of this time, working with the student(s) assigned to the session.  There are times when this may not be possible, but those instances should be the exception.

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Leading Exam Review Sessions

Occasionally, some of our tutors will have an opportunity to lead exam review sessions for courses within their discipline.  These review sessions provide a different experience in the tutor/student dynamic than any of our other types of sessions. As an exam review leader, you want to systematically address the concepts that are most likely to appear on the exam while teaching the students how to solve the problems they will see.

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Writing Lab & Math Lab

Our tutoring lab format provides an opportunity for student-athletes to get tutoring support without having to commit to regular appointments.  We offer Math Lab and Writing Lab help staffed by specialists who have significant training and teaching experience in these subject areas.  Students can drop-in for assistance or setup an appointment in advance by contacting their academic coordinator or the tutoring staff.  Following are guidelines that tutors are expected to follow when working Math Lab and Writing Lab shifts.
Writing Lab Station

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Don’t Let the Madness Overtake You

Last March, while attending the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, I almost got caught up in the Madness. After taking in Utah’s improbable overtime win over the Cal Bears, my wife and I were walking through the MGM Grand to meet some friends for dinner. Basketball Scoreboard at MGM 2013

As we strolled through the casino floor, still caught up in the excitement, we came upon the Sports Book when my wife exclaimed, “let’s put some money on Utah!”. Imagining the possibilities of a #10 seed advancing to the Big Dance, we got in line to throw down our wager, when all of a sudden I remembered, “I can’t do this”. For a split moment, March Madness took over my thought process and I narrowly avoided a preventable mistake.

NCAA rules prohibit all athletic department staff members and student-athletes from gambling or wagering anything of value on any NCAA sporting events. This includes any NCAA tournament games, brackets, and pools.
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New Tutor Coordinator at the Herbst Academic Center

ImagePlease allow me to introduce Brittany Cantrell, an extremely valuable addition to our Herbst Academic Center staff.  Brittany will serve in a new position as the Tutor Coordinator with her primary responsibilities centered around scheduling and recruiting activities.  She will work daily 8:00AM – 12:00PM and can be reached at tutoring at colorado dot com. If canceling or changing appointments, you should continue to send requests to canceltutor at colorado dot com.

Brittany graduated from CU with a degree in Psychology in 2009, and earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in 2013. Prior to returning to CU in 2013, Brittany worked as a case manager and therapist at the Mental Health Center of Denver. Brittany played Division I basketball in California before transferring to CU, where she focused solely on academics. She enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband and two Boxers.

Welcome to the team!


New Time Sheets

Document LogoThis week there will be new time sheets for the tutoring program. With the addition of Tutor Tables, the Math Lab, and the Writing Lab, this new time sheet will better catalog the hours that tutors log. In the sample time sheet provided below, the fields have been populated with hypothetical information to provide a guide to properly complete each time sheet. The red ink denotes the fields that the tutor should complete.

The time sheet is divided into two sections. The top section contains four boxes, each representing a different Tutor Table. There is room for a maximum of four students per table. The bottom section is where the tutor should log individual sessions and Math/Writing Lab shifts. If a tutor should exceed the number of Tutor Table boxes, or spaces for individual/Lab sessions, a new time sheet should be started.

When totaling a time sheet, add the “Total Time” of each Tutor Table session and the “Total” of each individual lab session, then place the sum in the “Total Hours” space at the bottom-center of the time sheet. Finally, sign and date the time sheet then submit in the box outside my office door.

Click here for sample of new time sheet.

Key Points:

  • Write neatly
  • Always round to the nearest quarter hour using decimals (00:15 = .25, 00:30 = .50, 00:45 = .75, 01:00 = 1.0)
  • Include the session time when recording no-shows
  • Remember to get each student’s signature
  • Do not let students complete the time sheet
  • No signature is required when working Math Lab/Writing Lab shifts
  • Submit time sheets weekly in the box outside my door
  • Know the payroll cutoff dates
  • Monthly payroll should complete GREEN time sheets
  • Bi-weekly payroll should complete WHITE time sheets
  • New time sheets can be found in the Tutor Corner