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Establishing a Quantitative Reasoning Center. Phyllis Mellinger , Director of Quantitative Reasoning Nicole Lovell, QR tutor. Hollins New General Education Program: Education through Skills and Perspectives (ESP). ESP Skills Writing Oral Communication Quantitative Reasoning - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Establishing a Quantitative Reasoning Center

Establishing a Quantitative Reasoning Center

Phyllis Mellinger , Director of Quantitative Reasoning

Nicole Lovell, QR tutor

Hollins New General Education Program:Education through Skills and Perspectives (ESP)ESP SkillsWritingOral CommunicationQuantitative ReasoningInformation TechnologyESP PerspectivesAesthetic AnalysisCreative ExpressionAncient and/or Medieval WorldsModern and/or Contemporary WorldsSocial and Cultural DiversitiesScientific InquiryGlobal Systems and Languages

Basic Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (q)QR Assessment

q proficiencyEnroll in Math 100, Math 105, or Math130 q proficiency upon completionBegan in Fall 98Applied Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (Q)

Currently 40 courses across the curriculumBrief History of Hollins QR CenterQR requirement implemented in Fall 1998Pilot QR Tutoring (Fall 99)Director of QR and virtual QR Center (Fall 03)additional tutoringQR Tutor, Theory and Practice CourseCenter for Learning ExcellenceWriting and QR (Fall 04)Online QR & placement (Fall 2007)Math 100, Math 105, Math 130QR center remodeled Summer 2009PurposeQuantitative Reasoning Center tutors help students, faculty and staff with any aspect of the quantitative process, which includes: help with a homework assignment, discussion of appropriate quantitative techniques for any given task or assignment, support the use of quantitative software such as Excel and Maple, assist in the understanding and organization of data, explain mathematical concepts, theories and formulas, help with interpreting or creating graphs or charts, plus any other quantitative related questions or assignments. QR tutors also assist instructors in various QR courses. QR tutors are required to attend all staff meetings and trainings to discuss techniques and improve skills.

QR tutors also assist students with projects in their Applied QR classes as well as with the preparation for taking the GRE and PRAXIS exams.

Website: https://exch2k7.hollinsnt.hollins.edu/owaEmail: qrcenter@hollins.eduQualifications and selection processMust have a satisfactory score on the QR/Math Placement testMust be recommended by a professor in a quantitative discipline and complete the QR tutor applicationMust complete UNIV 240: QR tutor theory and Practice with a B+ or higherMust have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skillsMust be dependable and work without supervision.Selection for QR tutor positions is made by the director of the Quantitative Reasoning a year in advance. For information on how to apply for a tutor position in 2012-2013, please contact Phyllis Mellinger at pmellinger@hollins.edu in fall of 2011 to express interest and fill out an application.

In October (before Spring advising begins), Director of QR requests recommendations from professors teaching courses with quantitative content.Director sends letters and applications to students who have been recommended. Students who are interested return applications and meet with the director.Potential tutors attend UNIV 240: QR tutor theory and practice in the spring. This course is required but does not guarantee a tutor position in the fall.

TrainingThis course is designed to help students develop an understanding of one-on-one quantitative tutorials through research and hands-on experience. Students will read and write about the dynamics of tutoring QR across the curriculum and examine relevant scholarship on learning skills in quantitative fields. Observations of tutor sessions as well as actual tutoring will be an integral part of the course.Course goals:To understand the importance of Quantitative literacy To understand the fear of math and ways to allay this fearTo understand various learning theoriesTo understand role of a tutorTo develop listening skills, problem solving skills and study skillsTexts:Students Helping Students ,by Steven Ender & Fred Newton Math Study Skills by Alan Bass TopicsWhat is QL/QR?Role of peer educatorQualities and Responsibilities of a tutorIntercultural competenceCommunication skillsLearning and learning StylesMath anxiety and learning disabilitiesGroup tutorialsProblem solvingStrategies for Academic SuccessTime managementStudy SkillsTest Taking

Schedule & CommunicationOpen 9 am to 9 pm Monday through ThursdayOpen 9-12:30 and 2-4 on FridaysOpen 2-9 on SundaysTutors work 8-12 hours a week

Internal CommunicationWeekly staff meetingsFridays 1-2BlackboardTutor Handbook (designed and updated by tutors)

External communicationsWebsiteBrochure (designed by tutors)HUTV (designed and updated by tutors)Newsletter

Future PlansInvolve tutors in conferencesWorkshops for studentsAssessmentTutor Self Assessment Student feedbackResultsJob experience for tutorsA tutors perspective