BECOMING AN ACADEMIC MENTOR (OR TRAINING TO BE A STUDY GROUP LEADER)Holly A. T. PotterTutor Clearinghouse CoordinatorAcademic Skills CenterDartmouth College
STUDY GROUPS BY THE NUMBERS: 2011-2012 11F 12W 12SGroups 57 53 66Courses 21 19 27Participants 339 301 221Leaders 27 44 59
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT CONCERNS Forms to be completed and turned in to Payroll: I9 (evidence of your ability to work in the US) W4 (tax withdrawals) Consult with parent/guardian If not turned in, tax deductions revert to default NOTE: This must be done within the next three days!! ** Consult the List of Acceptable Documents for I9 form identification (listed on page 5 of I9)
WHY STUDENTS JOIN STUDY GROUPS Desire to be accountable/responsible (i.e. get better grades) Unfamiliar skill area Lack of confidence Uncomfortable “fit” with professor’s style
LEADER ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES ATTEND WEEKLY SESSIONS PREPARED TO… Review course outlines/objectives Help students learn how to approach material Test understanding by asking & answering questions Help students identify & understand basic concepts Help students use and understand textbook Identify/explain key concepts and vocabulary Share study strategies that have worked for you!
LEADER ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OUTSIDE OF STUDY GROUP… Meet with the professor at the beginning of the term, and as necessary to keep up as the term goes on. Submit attendance information from each study group session by visiting studygroups.dartmouth.edu Leaders who do not keep attendance records may not be asked to lead again Post a weekly study group synopsis on Blackboard This allows professors to see what material their students might be struggling with so that they can improve their teaching. Turn in timesheets every other week, according to this schedule.
FIRST NIGHT GROUND RULES Decide as group: why are we doing this? Set mutual goals Decide how homework assignments will be handled Tutor/Leader: how available will you be? Communication Review syllabus End of meeting: summary and goals Post synopsis of study group meeting on blackboard
CODE OF ETHICS Stay out of negative conversations about professors. In this job, you’re a teacher, not a peer. You must maintain the confidentiality of the students in your study group. Some Dartmouth students have major reservations about seeking any kind of academic support, so it’s important to be sensitive. If unable to resolve a situation, contact Holly Potter sooner rather than later… We’re here to support you!!
WHAT IFS… What if nobody shows up? Wait 15 minutes. If no one is there, you can leave and submit a timesheet reflecting the time you spent waiting. What if the group wants me to help them cheat? Study groups are not answer sessions, and students who feel that your job is to complete their work should be directed to speak with Holly Potter. Otherwise, your job and your academic integrity are on the line. What if I want to schedule an extra session before midterms or finals? Awesome! Check in with us beforehand to make sure it’s okay, and be aware that you can’t be paid for more than 2 hours in a single review session.