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Meet Our Tutors

Abi

Abi Turner, Junior

Tutors: Computer Science, Spanish, Study Skills

Major: Computer Science and Spanish

Alston

Alston Tyndall, Senior

Tutors: Italian, Writing, Research, Human Anatomy

Major: Dance and Sociology

Minor: Professional Performance Certification

 

Amanda Webb, Junior

Tutors: Physics and Math

Major: Math and Engineering

Minor: Business Administration


 

Brailen Miller, Junior

Tutor: Spanish

Major: Spanish

Carolina Juanico Montalvo, Junior 

Tutor: French

Major: Fashion Merchandising

Minor: French 

Caroline Welsh

Caroline Welsh, Senior

Tutors: Economics and Research

Major: Business Administration and Economics

Carson Wood, Sophomore 

Tutor: Math and Chemistry

Major: Undecided

Casey

Casey Corpening, Senior

Tutors: Writing

Major: Environmental Sustainability

Debbie

Debbie Hary, Junior

Tutors: Auto CAD, Revit, and Study Skills

Major: Interior Design

Elinor

Elinor Shelp-Peck, Senior

Tutors: Writing and Research

Major: Biology and Public Health

Minor: Chemistry and Professional Writing 

Hayli

Hayli Ira, Junior

Tutors: Writing and Art History

Major: Graphic Design

Minor: Professional Writing 

Jeanine

Jeanine Carryl, Senior

Tutors: Computer Science, Computer Literacy for Design, and Study Skills

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Sociology, Graphic Design, and Professional Writing 

Jenna Kling, Junior 

Tutor: Spanish and Writing

Major: Social Work

Kali

Kali Ranke, Senior

Tutors: Writing and Study Skills

Major: English

Minor: Psychology and Licensure in Education  

Kelly Mae

Kelly Mae Allen, Junior

Tutors: Physics, Math, and Study Skills

Major: Engineering — Math and Electrical Engineering

Kendall

Kendall Putnam, Junior

Tutors: Chemistry, Writing, and Study Skills

Major: Chemistry

Kiley

Kiley Van Ryn, Senior

Tutors: French

Major: Biology with a 9-12 Licensure

Minor: Psychology

Madison

Madison Weiss, Junior

Tutors:  History, Statistics, and Italian

Major: History and International Studies

Mahali

Mahali Frias Ponce, Senior

Tutors: Spanish

Major: Communications with focus in public relations and professional Spanish

Malia

Malia Garber, Senior

Tutors: Spanish

Major: Biology and Spanish

Maria S

Maria Shiferaw, Senior

Tutors: General Computer Help and Study Skills

Major: Mathematics and Computer Science

Mei Li Moo King, Junior 

Tutors: Math, Statistics, Study Skills

Major: Mathematics 

Montse Hernandez, Junior  

Tutors: Spanish

Major: Spanish k-12 licensure

Mwende

Mwende Mumo, Sophomore

Tutors: Math, Economics, Statistics, Study, Skills

Major: Math and Economics

Olivia Sandy, Sophomore

Tutors: Writing, Study Skills

Major: Psychology

Minor: Spanish

Paige V

Paige Verica, Senior

Tutors: Math, Psychology

Major: Psychology

Rania Ighwair, Senior 

Tutors: Biology, Chemistry

Major: Food & Nutrition, Dietetics Concentration

Sarah

Sarah Halsey, Senior

Tutors: Math—Statistics

Major: Math with Statistics Minor

Stephanie Wairagu, Junior 

Tutors: Chemistry

Major: Public Health

Victoria

Victoria Kempf, Senior

Tutors: Accounting

Major: Accounting

Minor: Criminology 

Wanjiru Mambo, Sophmore 

Tutors: Writing

Major: Math

Yuniva Mendoza-Apodaca, Junior

Tutors: Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Study Skills Major: Chemistry

Director

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Tina Romanelli
Contact:
Carlyle Campbell Library 020
(919) 760-8554

Program Coordinator

Embedded Tutoring

Embedded tutoring is one service offered by the Meredith College Learning Center for students. Faculty, students, and tutors benefit from the opportunity to be embedded because it builds an academic community at Meredith College. Our embedded tutoring program started in May of 2020 as a response to dwindling individual sessions amidst a global pandemic. The first year of the program had very mixed results, but faculty and the Learning Center agree that we should continue to try different strategies to make embedded tutoring work across the board because the goals of embedded tutoring align with the mission and values of the Learning Center. 

Goals of Embedded Tutoring

Embedded tutoring seeks to locate tutors and tutoring services where the students are. This proximity allows us to strive for the following goals:

  1. Address the learning needs of ALL students in the class, not just those who self-select for tutoring services.

  2. Collaborate more closely with the professor in the class to promote student learning and tutor professional development.

  3. Build an academic learning community across campus that values collaboration as central to learning and knowledge.

  4. Close the equity gap in academic performance at the college.

  5. Support the college’s retention efforts and increase the graduation rate. 

Definition of Embedded Tutoring

At Meredith College, embedded tutoring refers to trained Learning Center tutors being added to Brightspace, our learning management system. The tutor is there to build relationships with ALL members of the class, promote individual tutoring services, and offer course-specific assistance, such as workshops, review sessions, or drop-in hours. Tutors are encouraged to attend class at least once in the semester to introduce themselves and explain their role; however, it is possible to embed one or more tutors in a class who have conflicts during the actual class time. All tutors who are embedded have been recommended by faculty in that discipline. They may have taken the class at Meredith; however, they may have demonstrated credentials from other classes or institutions. 

In collaboration with the professor, embedded tutors may:

  • Engage in class activities and discussions as a fellow student, a model student per se

  • Facilitate small group discussion or activities

  • Offer the perspective of a more experienced peer during class, in review sessions, or in individual appointments

  • Assist students in effectively utilizing software, tools, technology, etc.

  • Prepare review sessions, activities, or model materials for students

  • Work with individual students outside of the class time

  • Work with small groups or the whole class in drop-in or review sessions outside of class time

Embedded tutors should NOT:

  • Teach new concepts

  • Lead the class without the instructor present

  • Grade or do assignments for students

  • Enforce classroom management or discipline

  • Function as a personal or teaching assistant (prepare lessons, run errands, photocopy materials, etc.)

Tutors are PAID for all time that they spend working on communicating with students, attending class or preparing videos for class, preparing materials for workshops or reviews, and facilitating workshops or reviews. 

(Note - Right now, the budget allows for tutors to spend around three hours a week on embedded tutoring ON AVERAGE. Some weeks, tutors might spend five hours; other weeks, they might not have any embedded tutoring duties for that class.)

 

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Thank you, Faculty Partners!

The Learning Center operates in partnership with the faculty. Students are much more likely to make an appointment with a tutor when a faculty member has recommended it; thus, without faculty support, the Learning Center would not be able to do the work that it does. We appreciate the opportunity to supplement instruction with our one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions!

In 2019-2020, the Learning Center began a content-area liaison program for the four highest-demand content areas: writing, math (calculus and statistics), chemistry, and Spanish. Content-area liaisons help to keep the academic departments informed of Learning Center activity and provide initial and ongoing professional development for tutors in that area. Our liaisons are:

Writing: Tina Romanelli

Math: Julie Kolb

Chemistry: Cassie Lilly

Spanish: Callie DeBellis

Please feel free to reach out to your liaison if you have questions or concerns about tutoring in one of these areas. Of course, regardless of content area, the Learning Center desires partnerships with all faculty. If you would like to share ideas or ask questions about the Learning Center, please email Tina Romanelli.

How to Recommend a Tutor

The Meredith College Learning Center is a College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certified tutor training program. The tutor training course (IDS: 155) runs once per semester and provides one hour of credit to students who successfully complete the course requirements.

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In order to be considered for the course, students must obtain a faculty recommendation, complete an application, and interview with the director of the Learning Center. Faculty recommendations can be provided through this form.

Please consider perusing the list of current tutors to see if you can recommend any tutors for an additional subject area using this form.

We ask that all faculty who are recommending students review our mission and values before completing the form. It is important to note that the best students do not always make the best tutors and that tutoring requires interpersonal skills and critical thinking beyond what is necessary for success in the classroom. In general, it is preferable to train sophomores or juniors for tutoring because of the time and energy that go into maintaining a high level of training.

2019-2020 Yearly Data

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Learning Center provided 2,569 sessions to 501 Meredith students or approximately 29% of the total Meredith student population.

The following charts provide more information about these sessions.

Sessions by Subject - This pie graph shows the percentage of the total sessions by subject area.

The four subject areas with the largest demand are writing, Spanish, chemistry, and mathematics (both calculus and statistics). These four content areas make up more than 75% of the total sessions. 

Learning Center Sessions by Month - This bar graph shows the session data by month in the year.

While September and October are always busy months in the Learning Center, the unprecedented events of the Spring 2020 semester drastically reduced the expected number of sessions for March and April. The average of the four previous March session totals is 315 sessions: March 2020's total is 164. The average of the four previous April session totals is 429: April 2020's total is 238. 

Session Delivery Mode - This pie graph shows the percentage of online versus in-person appointments for the 2019-2020 School Year.

The Learning Center trained and piloted online appointments in Summer 2019, but Spring 2020 saw the first major increase in online appointments.