The Effect Of Lead Tutoring At Appalachian State University On Grades And Student Confidence

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Jordan A. Carter (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Jennifer Cecile

Abstract: Chemistry is an incredibly difficult, yet vitally important, subject for students to learn. Students face challenges such as difficulties in visualizing problems, connecting difficult subjects, and switching between the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Supplemental instruction (SI) is a method to combat these challenges and increase student success in high risk classes. Supplemental instruction is unique from private tutoring. It creates a consistent and safe environment over the course of the semester for students to return to in order to work closely and develop a relationship with a SI instructor. SI leaders encourage collaborative learning and bring strategies to students for mastering course material. SI participation has been found to significantly increase the grades earned in a class. At Appalachian State University, the SI model has been implemented for chemistry classes. The program is a part of University Tutorial Services (UTS) and is called LEAD Tutoring. The LEAD Tutoring program has many objectives including to increase student grades through better understanding of course materials and to teach skills that will impact students long term. In Fall 2019, the LEAD program had record high participation numbers in comparison to recent years. With no increases in resources for UTS or the LEAD program, it is important that the increased participation and strain on tutors did not negatively impact the enrichment quality of the program or hinder the ability of the program to reach its objectives.

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Honors Project
Carter, J. (2020). The Effect Of Lead Tutoring At Appalachian State University On Grades And Student Confidence. Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2020
Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, Chemistry, LEAD, Grades, Confidence

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