BATON ROUGE - The LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) recently had 36 Content and Strategy tutors complete the College Reading and Learning Association's (CRLA) International Tutor Certification during the fall semester.
Tutors seeking certification met in small groups with their peers and respective training supervisor during the semester to review the curriculum and participate in activities which allowed them to apply their new knowledge in novel situations.
Dorothy Kemp, Learning Specialist/Tutorial Coordinator for LSU's Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes, facilitated the CRLA's Level 1 training this semester.
"We were very fortunate to have a large group of certified tutors this semester," Kemp said. "CRLA Tutor Training provides our tutors with a structured curriculum that allows them to develop their skills and be better equipped to work with our student-athletes. Since this is an internationally recognized program, certified tutors are able to utilize what they've learned to make themselves more marketable and effective to other institutions of higher learning. I was astounded and overwhelmingly pleased with the comments and input given buy our tutors in the sessions. This reaffirms their talent and commitment to furthering our student-athletes' academic progress."
There were 31 new participants that achieved the CRLA's Level 1 certification. This level covers practical strategies on topics including: learning styles, note-taking strategies, test preparation and time management. The goal is to give the tutors practical tools that they can use with students to make their sessions more interactive and efficient.
CCACSA had five returning staff certified at the CRLA's Level 2 standing. It gives more in-depth strategies and tools for experienced educators to further their skills. Some of the topics include Math and Science specific strategies and Critical Thinking strategies.
"I enjoy CRLA training because it offers a continued learning opportunity as well as a chance to obtain a nationally recognized tutorial certification," Christine Sotile, strategy tutor, said. "The specialized training seminars, conducted by a learning specialist, provide helpful methods and tips for working with students in a variety of situations. I find it very helpful to hear tutors' stories of challenging issues and how they were resolved. Being in the company of professionals who are striving to help student athletes achieve success in the academic arena is enlightening and motivating."