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December 21, 2013

SUNY Delhi tutors get 'stamp of approval'

SUNY Delhi’s Resnick Learning Center has received international recognition for its tutoring services, according to a press release.

Michele DeFreece, director of the center, said the International Tutor Training Program Certification from the College Reading and Learning Association puts a stamp of approval on the college’s academic support system, and recognizes the quality of assistance Delhi offers students.

“We knew we were doing a good job,” DeFreece said, “but it is nice to have the affirmation after thorough review by a national team.”

SUNY Delhi has one of about 800 tutorial programs in the United States and Canada to receive tutor training certification through the CRLA since 1989, according to the release.

DeFreece said the certification comes after an in-depth application process, spearheaded by Tutorial Services Coordinator Josephine Monaco. Among the many topics she had to address in the application were: how much time the college spends on tutor training, what different study strategies are discussed and employed with students, how the tutor selection process is completed and how tutors are evaluated.

Monaco said she created a manual for all tutors, peer, faculty and professionals to consult to ensure a comprehensive tutoring program where everyone is on the same page as far as expectations, procedures and strategies.

According to Monaco, there are 275 students being tutored and 29 tutors. Tutoring is available both on site and online.

There are certain requirements that must be met by peer tutors, Monaco said. Students must have a B+ average or better in the subject they are looking to tutor, and a recommendation from faculty. Students are then interviewed and, depending on the outcome, are offered a trial period of tutoring. Tutors are required to take eight hours of training.

Monaco said tutoring is helpful for many students because it provides them with accountability and a specific routine. She said sometimes college students find it hard to adjust to the amount of free time between classes, but tutoring appointments give them an obligation to continue studying.

“It helps with time management,” Monaco said.

Monaco said she began the process for certification in March and sent it out in June. She said none of her predecessors had ever applied, possibly because of the in-depth nature of the application process.

“The certification puts us at an even level with other colleges,” Monaco said. “It takes our tutoring from just a service that we offer to a bona fide program.”

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