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Learning Assistance & Resource Center

Peer Tutor Coordinators

Contact Learning Assistance & Resource Center  

Learning Assistance & Resource Center

Address:
224 Lawrence Center
West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: 610-436-2535
Fax: 610-436-2600
Email: larc@wcupa.edu


Director: Jocelyn Manigo
Assistant Director: Kaitlyn Crouse
Clerical Support: Bernadette Forte 610-436-2535


Meet the Staff

Information for Tutors

PTC Picture
  • 2018-2019 Peer Tutor Coordinators
  • Evan Becker, Supplemental Instruction Chemistry PTC
  • Courtney Brennan, Supplemental Instruction Biology and ADP Assist PTC
  • Ella Choban, Math PTC
  • Anna Dyska, Buisness+ PTC
  • Alex Schmidt, Humanities PTC

Applications for 2019-2020 Peer Tutor Coordinators will be available in March. You must be a CRLA Level III certified tutor or in the process of completing Level III training to be eligible to apply.

Bi-Weekly Meeting Times 

 

Biweekly Meeting Dates

 

Mondays

            Ella 12pm LIB 508

            Anna 1pm LARC 226

            Ella 2:30pm LIB 508

            Evan 3pm LARC 226

February 4

February 18

March 4

March 18

April 1

April 15

April 29

 

Tuesday

            Evan 10am LARC 226

February 5

February 19

March 5

March 19

April 2

April 16

April 30

 

Wednesday

            Courtney 10am LARC 226

            Mina 2pm LARC 226

February 6

February 20

March 6

March 20

April 3

April 17

May 1

 

Thursday

            Courtney 4pm LARC 226

February 7

February 21

March 7

March 21

April 4

April 18

May 2

 

Friday

            Alex 1pm LARC 226

            Alex 2pm LARC 226

            Anna 3pm LARC 226

February 8

February 22

March 8

March 22

April 5

April 19

May 3

CRLA Training Times 

Level I- Tuesdays at 8am, Wednesdays at 8am, or Fridays at 3pm 

Level II- Tuesdays at 9am, Wednesdays at 1pm, or Thursdays at 11am 

Level III- Wednesdays at 3pm or Thursdays at 3pm

 

CRLA Training Times

***Dates are subject to change based on

snow delays/days***

 

 

Level 1

          Tuesday 8am- Dr. Manigo/ Kaitlyn 

January 29

February 5

February 12

February 19

February 26

March 5

March 19

March 26

April 2

April 9

          Wednesday 8am- Dr. Manigo/ Kaitlyn 

January 30

February 6

February 13

February 20

February 27

March 6

March 20

March 27

April 3

April 10

          Friday 3pm- Dr. Manigo/ Kaitlyn 

February 1

February 8

February 15

February 22

March 1

March 8

March 22

March 29

April 5

April 12

 

Level 2

          Tuesday 9am- Isabelle

January 29

February 5

February 12

February 19

February 26

March 5

March 19

March 26

          Wednesday 1pm- Anna

January 30

February 6

February 13

February 20

February 27

March 6

March 20

March 27

          Thursday 11am- Ella

January 31

February 7

February 14

February 21

February 28

March 7

March 21

March 28

 

Level 3

           Wednesday 3pm- Dr. Manigo

          Thursday 3pm- Kaitlyn

Dates are TBD

Calling Out from Tutoring Sessions 

 

If an illness or emergency arises, please use the this link to formally let the LARC staff know you will not be at your tutoring session. In addition, you must email your tutees, the LARC, and your PTC to notify them. You should give them as much notice as possible. 

 

Not showing up to tutoring session without prior notice is unacceptable and will result in a meeting with the Director or Assistant Director (and may result in termination from the peer tutoring position). 

 

First Session Checklist 

1.       Introductions:

Personal introduction: what you and the student prefer to be called

Personal information: class, experience, major, etc.

Student information: class, major, previous tutoring experience

2.       Administrative Details:

Have students take out their phones and follow @wcularc on Instagram (this is where we will post important updates and weather closing information)

Remind students that food and drink is allowed, but they are responsible to dispose their own trash

Exchange emails (do not give out your phone number)

              -Let students know this is how you will contact them if you need to cancel a session and how they should contact you

Check to see you have the correct phone number

              -Compile a list of correct phone numbers to give to your PTC at the next bi-weekly meeting (use the form attached)

Review Attendance Policy (read the following statement to students):

In a moment, you sign a student contract to attend your weekly tutoring sessions at the LARC. We’re glad to work with you consistently because we know weekly support improves your academic performance. We maintain a strict attendance policy in order to maximize the opportunities for tutoring. We regularly have students waiting for tutoring. If you are not utilizing and/or maximizing your tutoring opportunity, then we will provide that opportunity to someone who will use it.

Weekly attendance to your sessions is required. You are allowed one free unexcused absence. If you miss two consecutive tutoring sessions, you will be dropped from tutoring. If you accrue three total unexcused absences, you will also be dropped from tutoring.

Prior to your absence, you should email your tutor. In case of emergency, contact your tutor as soon as possible via email. If you don’t communicate your prior commitment and absence to your tutor, it will be considered an unexcused absence, even if you can provide documentation. Only documented emergencies excuse an absence with no prior notice.

Note: Work obligations will not be considered excused absences. Please arrange your work obligations accordingly. If you are concerned about your schedule, please visit the LARC front desk to consider a permanent alternative. According to the Student Contract you sign at the beginning of your tutoring, not being present, not being prepared, or not participating in the session can also result in an absence.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t need help this week, do I need to attend?

Yes, you need to attend your tutoring session. You are required to attend tutoring even after completion of major assignments and tests or exams. There’s always a benefit to attending tutoring! Ask, “How can I challenge myself?” Set long-term goals, reinforce concepts, or review your syllabus with your tutor. If you believe you no longer need tutoring this semester, notify the LARC front desk.

I had a prior commitment and didn’t notify my tutor; is that excused?

If you don’t communicate your prior commitment and absence to your tutor and Assistant Director of the LARC, it will be considered an unexcused absence, even if you can provide documentation. Only documented emergencies excuse an absence with no prior notice.

I’d like to petition for my absence status to be changed to 'excused.'

Please contact Assistant Director of the LARC, with your request for a re-engagement meeting. Please share your tutor’s name, tutoring day and time, and the attendance date(s) in question via email with the subject line: “Request for Absence Status Change.”

Finally, as your tutor, I am not allowed to excuse absences. If you are absent for any reason, including excused absences, I must put a “0” on my attendance sheet. It is your responsibility to take your documentation to the LARC front desk or email it to LARC@wcupa.edu, and a LARC staff member will change it to excused.

You should save LARC@wcupa.edu and the Assistant Director’s email, kcrouse2@wcupa.edu into your phone now in case you have any questions or would like to petition your absence.

Any questions before signing the student contract?

           -Review Student Contract and have students sign using QR Code in the cubes

           -Let students know there is a copy of this available on the LARC webpage if they need to reference it later

Session Length

           -Remind students sessions are 50 minutes, and being late could count as an absence against them

 

3.       Transition to Academics:

Student's familiarity with the subject: high school experience

Difference between tutoring and teaching: what we really do here

Student study habits: learning style, notes, subject-specific techniques

           -If you still have a lot of time in the session, use the learning style inventory (VAK Survey) available at the front desk

Student Responsibilities: preparedness, materials, punctuality

Syllabus and textbook: read and interpret

4.       Specific Needs:

Tentative plan considering semester due dates

Ask what happened in class today

Ask what can be accomplished today: use the SRS form

If you still have a lot of time in the session, use the learning style inventory (VAK Survey) available at the front desk

5.       Conclusion:

Any questions?

Review tutoring logs and SRS forms

Payroll

1. Clearances 

All tutors working at the LARC have 90 days from completing their New Hire paperwork to complete clearances. Please contact HR with any questions. 

2. E-time Link

Press here to enter your time online

3. Paper Time-sheet 

You should only be putting down the time that you are working
You are not paid for snow days (other weather related closings), holidays, sick time, etc. You are only paid for the hours you work.

 

Tutor Handbook 

For a digital copy of the 2018-2019 Tutor Handbook and/or SI supplement, please email Assistant Director, Kaitlyn Crouse-Machcinski.

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