Thursday, June 08, 2017
Of course, the problem with doing a case control based on GPA is that students tend to be repeat users of the tutoring center. Their GPA going in could be a result of an average student using those services.
But who cares if it is "just" a correlation? The same is probably true for advising services. If motivated students use those services, that is a good thing. That is fewer hours they have to work if they would have had to pay someone for those same tutoring services. What you should focus on is getting the semi-motivated students motivated to study, and so on down the line. Create a culture of learning.
Finally, don't discount the value of employing tutors. They get to have the best kind of part-time job, one that further improves their academic skills, and they provide a role model and informal advice about succeeding in 2nd year classes or after graduation. And who knows? A tutor might decide to go into HS or college teaching. I got my start, and my best training, as an undergrad tutor.
More and more financial resources at University of California are being spent on support for marginal students, as the admissions criteria have moved to "local context", where the top 9% of any California public high school are UC-eligible, no matter how little the high school teaches. Whether this is a good use of resources is debatable (many of the students would be better served by the smaller classes of a community college, followed by transfer to UC), but UC gets a lot of political good will from having such a large fraction of its students be Pell grant recipients or first-in-family to go to college, and there is a lot to be said for the public good of all public colleges sharing the burden of correcting the damage done by some of the poorer public high schools.
Did they use them?
If so - did tutoring effect their grade? effect their confidence in the subject?
If they didn't help, why - the information was too simplistic, wrong, out of touch with what was happening in class, too complicated, I couldn't connect with the tutors?
Why didn't they use them? (Wrong time, didn't know about them, clashed with other classes, other people told me they were no use, didn't have the time.)