Self-regulation: More than a Grade and GPA

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Students are entering college while lacking the necessary skills for a successful academic career. How do I know this? Universities can hardly graduate half of their freshman class within 6 years. Academic support services are on the frontline, fighting against student attrition. The research shows that students who incorporate academic support services into their daily learning strategies improve their academic standing by a full letter grade. Yet, students wait until they are in complete academic peril before seeking help. Student attrition is not a knowledge or GPA problem. The behaviors and decisions leading to poor outcomes is fundamentally the problem. To truly increase an institution’s retention rate, at-risk students must change their poor academic behavior.

In recent decades, more and more scholars focus on self-regulation skills in their education researches. In Handbook of Self-regulation, Zimmerman (1999) defined self-regulation as self-generated thoughts, feelings, and actions that are planned and cyclically adapted to the attainment of personal goals (p. 14). Further, Zimmerman (1999) emphasizes that self-regulation is dynamic process. In other words, self-regulation skills not only simply connected with personal traits and abilities, but also one’s beliefs and motivations. Based on the self-regulation theory, many educators realized the importance of teaching self-regulation skills in classroom. In the year of 1986, Weinstein and Mayer developed the model of strategic learning where self-regulation is considered as an important component in strategies teaching. According to the model, self-regulation includes skills of time management, concentration, systematic approaches to learning and accomplishing, coping with academic stress, managing motivation for learning and achievement.

Many scholars point out that self-regulation skills play a crucial role in academic learning. For example, Wolters (1999) concludes that self-regulation learning strategies has positive impact on high school students’ cognitive engagement, effort as well as classroom performance. In the context of high education institutions, it is also widely accepted that self-regulation skills could predict higher GPA and lack of self-regulation results in bad academic performance as well as high retention. In Hunt et al’s five-year study (2012), the senior students in a public university self-report in the survey that the barriers in achieving high GPA largely account for their withdrawal. Further, most of the barriers are in the domain of self-regulation such as poor study habits and time management skills, lack of interest in course work, and anxiety of academic learning.

To lower college attrition rate, StudyTree is dedicated to build students’ self-regulation skills. For example, with the help of StudyTree’s academic data integration, students will be able to develop learning plans based on their previous performance and self-evaluation. By integrating student-centered learning strategies such as Jigsaw study groups and peer tutoring, StudyTree increases students’ participation and ultimately their learning motivation. Further, StudyTree lowers students’ academic anxiety by providing struggle students with various resources including institutional learning resource, outside consumer learning tools and learning strategy workshops. In conclusion, StudyTree emphasizes learning-to-learn skills which facilitates college students to become life-time learners rather than simply improving their academic grades.

References
Boekaerts, M., Pintrich, P. R., & Zeidner, M. (Eds.). (1999). Handbook of self-regulation. San Diego: Academic Press.

Hunt, P. F., Boyd, V. S., Gast, L. K., Mitchell, A., & Wilson, W. (2012). Why some students leave college during their senior year. Journal of College Student Development, 53(5), 737-742.

Weinstein, C. E., & Mayer, R. E. (1986). The Teaching of Learning Strategies. In M. C. Wittrock (Ed.), Handbook of research on teaching (3rd ed., pp. 315-327). New York: Macmllian.

Wolters, C. A. (1999). The relation between high school students’ motivational regulation and their use of learning strategies, effort, and classroom performance. Learning and individual differences, 11(3), 281-299.

By: Xueye Yan & Ethan Keiser

Learning-to-Learn: Bring Jigsaw into Academic Life

Teacher and students b/wJigsaw learning is considered as one of the most effective learning techniques in today’s university classrooms. Students report to have deeper understanding of various topics through information exchange in Jigsaw learning. In a Jigsaw learning activity, students are divided into groups at the very beginning. Then, the students will be asked to leave their original groups and join topic groups. Within topic groups, the students create discussion on different subtopics of a certain topic. At the end of the activity, the students return to their original groups and pass each other their discussion of subtopics. Through learning from peers, the students in the groups will be able to form comprehensive understanding of the certain topic.

As a graduate student studying Second Language teaching, I am quite familiar with Jigsaw task in language classes. According to Pica, Kanagy and Falodun (1993), Jigsaw task was more likely to generate opportunities for students to use target languages than traditional language learning methods. When I worked as a language teacher in an adult English as Second Language class, I once developed a Jigsaw reading activity based on an story-telling article. Through my classroom observation, I have noticed that many students who used to be shy became more talkative in Jigsaw group discussion. Therefore, I firmly believe that Jigsaw task contributes to a more communicative rather than an instructor-orientated class.

In fact, Jigsaw learning is not limited to second language learning. Many studies suggest that Jigsaw learning are effective learning method in various disciplines. In 2010, Doymus, Karacop and Simsek concluded that Jigsaw cooperative learning has positive effect on students’ conceptual understanding of electrochemistry after tracing first-year undergraduate students’ grades in general chemistry course. Similar conclusions is drawn by Slish (2005) after he compared student performance in biology tests based on whether they are in Jigsaw learning group or passive learning group. In addition to facilitating students’ conceptual understanding, Jigsaw learning helps establish a supportive learning environment which brings students positive learning experience. Further, such positive learning experience also intensifies students’ learning motivation. In his study (2007), Gomleksiz examines the effect of Jigsaw learning in Turkish engineering students’ English language class. The attitude scale of students in Jigsaw study group indicated that the cooperative learning experience had motivated engineering students in English learning .

Due to the positive effect of Jigsaw learning on students’ performance, StudyTree considers Jigsaw Study Group as an important support in our academic support system. In order to prepare at-risk students for exams, StudyTree groups students based on their self-evaluation. Within Jigsaw Study Group, each student prepares topics they are strong at and lead group discussions on these topics. By allowing students to play both roles of tutors and learners, StudyTree not only motivate students in academic learning but also help building a student-centered learning community.

References

Doymus, K., Karacop, A., & Simsek, U. (2010). Effects of jigsaw and animation techniques on students’ understanding of concepts and subjects in electrochemistry. Educational Technology Research and Development, 58(6), 671-691.

Gomleksiz, N. (2007). Effectiveness of cooperative learning (jigsaw II) method in teaching English as a foreign language to engineering students (Case of Firat University, Turkey). European journal of engineering education, 32(5), 613-625.

Pica, T., Kanagy, R., & Falodun, J. (1993). Choosing and using communication tasks for second language instruction and research. In G. Crookes, & S. M. Gass (Eds.), Tasks and Language Learning: Integrating Theory and Practice (pp. 3-34). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Slish, D. F. (2005). Assessment of the Use of the Jigsaw Method and Active Learning in Non-Majors, Introductory Biology. Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 31(4), 4-10.

By: Xueye Yan

 

Why only have a Smart Board when you can have a Smart School?

The 21st Century holds some of the most innovative technology. Self-driving cars. Online platforms that connect millions of people. Supercomputers that can fit in your pockets. Even students have the newest face recognition and artificial intelligence technology on their iPhone apps.

With all the innovation in technology, why are schools still believing that their years old Smart Board technology puts them on the cutting edge? Is the higher education sector satisfied with inefficiency, lower quality, and higher costs? We don’t think so.

At StudyTree, we believe it’s time for an upgrade. It’s time to move from the Smart Board to the Smart School and let technology do work for you. Here are three ways a Smart School can instantly make your institution the leader in innovation.

1. Learn how your students learn

With artificial intelligence, your school can analyze thousands of students and how each one of them uses your school’s resources. What are the best practices that top students do before their exams? What study tools should a B student use to get an A on the test? Artificial intelligence combines psychology, computer science, and statistics to give your school the edge.

2. Dynamic Scheduling

Predictive computational technology can learn the habits of students and propose schedules that work for them. Have a student-athlete? Not a problem. Dynamic scheduling can look at past athletes and determine what schedule has led to the greatest student-athlete success. Involved in many clubs? Dynamic scheduling can match your schedule with those of faculty in order to make sure students can essential office hours while making sure they can contribute to campus.

3. Student Grades and Retention

While it’s impossible for an administrator to find patterns in millions of data points, it’s very possible for a computer to do the same. Recent advances in pattern finding mean that your school can now detect amazing occurrences, like when during a lecture do students peak in interest or boredom? What methods should faculty use to regain student engagement? What concepts should TA’s go over in recitation based on data from the lecture? These questions can save hours of work from faculty and administrators all while driving down costs and increasing efficiency. Over the past decades, schools have moved from blackboards to whiteboards to Smart Boards. It’s now time for the Smart School, an immersive, data-driven institution that can bring your school to the next level. These few tips demonstrate how artificial intelligence can upgrade your school. Use technology to help your institution. Enter into the 21st Century.

By: Sohum Daftary

How Artificial Intelligence and Strategic Informatics Will Revolutionize Higher Education

1. What is Artificial Intelligence?

What is better than computers making tediously manual work exponentially easier? Well, not that much… Simply put, artificial intelligence—commonly known as AI – attempts to fulfill the basic tasks, by means of computers, that previously could only be conducted by monotonous human intelligence. For instance, tasks such as composing informational schematics based on the compilation of a college or university class’s exam scores could now be accurately and beautifully created by our intuitive AI platform. This is just one of the many ways that StudyTree is truly revolutionizing the higher educational platform.

2. Predictive Analysis

Have you ever wondered how much you would have to study for a subject in order to perform well on an exam. Wonder no more. StudyTree’s growing AI platform is incorporating some really cutting-edge features such as predictive grade analysis that will allow both students and professors alike to prepare efficiently for exams. Based on previous academic results and trends, StudyTree’s AI platform will be able to strategically forecast exam results and provide insights into to most impactful ways of exam preparation.

3. Preparatory Organization

Imagine… You’re sitting at your dorm room desk cracking open your textbook in preparation for the following week’s looming exam. As you tediously flip page by page through textbook sections and class notes, you may begin asking yourself, “There has got to be a more efficient way of studying this information.” Well now there its a more efficient way. Not only will StudyTree’s AI platform be intuitive enough to predict exam scores, but it can also use a wide variety of grading variables and established informatics to organize your weekly schedule will a customizable list of advantageous study activities. For instance, Monday will be a self-study day; Tuesday will be a group-
study session; Wednesday, a one-on-one tutoring day; a meeting with your professors office hour slot on Thursday; and finally, on Friday, the exam. StudyTree’s AI platform will be able to strategically and comprehensively predict a students exam score as he or she attends or misses each study activity to allow the student to feel comfortable and prepared for his or her next exam.

4. Collaborative Learning

One of StudyTree’s main focuses is to foster relationships within the higher educational community. We firmly believe that, through academic and social collaboration, amazing things can be accomplished. This is why StudyTree’s AI platform will be directly geared toward enhancing the college and university learning environment through synergetic teamwork. By allowing students to introduce their schedule into the AI platform, a strategically planned study program will be provided along with a predictive grade analysis. The majority of study strategies included in the study plan will involve aspects of collaborative education such as group study sessions, one-on-one tutoring meetings, and appointment with professors. No longer will you have to feel alone in the studying process, because now, there’s StudyTree.

5. Guaranteed Results

How are both diligent and dedicated students and teachers similar? They both love homework? Well, maybe… but generally, both good students and teachers strive for success! There is not a much worse feeling in the world than working for something and not seeing results; however, this is something that StudyTree is working to change. By compiling the most effective study plans and strategies, students can now feel calm, prepared, and confident for anything their academic lives may throw at them. Similarly, professors will benefit from StudyTree’s easily interpretable yet detailed informatics – displaying the analysis of class performance. Now, professors can focus directly on subject materials that have proven troublesome to their students. In this advanced interactive environment – fostered and cultivated by StudyTree – both students and professors can rest assured in knowing that academic success can always accompany hard work and dedication.

By: Joe Snyder

Costs, peer collaboration, technology, and more solutions for higher-ed administrators

  1.   Costs

According to a 2014 Forbes survey, the number one issue facing the majority of colleges and universities is the issue of balancing budgeting and costs.  Currently, higher educational institutions around the country spend thousands of dollars on the upkeep and maintenance of physical tutoring departments.  When every penny counts, StudyTree is a solution.  Combining our intrinsically cost-effective, on-demand platform and finance dashboard that allows administrators to monitor tutoring expenses, colleges and universities can save thousands of dollars—all while making a huge impact on the positive academic success of their students.  

  1.    Sustainable Implementation Strategies

Let’s face it; as more individuals and firms begin to realize both the economic and environmental long run benefits of internal sustainability, sustainable architecture will become the new normal.  Some universities, such as Drexel University, are heavily focused on innovation and sustainable features within all buildings; however, the vast majority of colleges and universities are having trouble shifting to more sustainable implementation strategies.  StudyTree can help.  By combining a user-friendly interface with an intuitive online platform, StudyTree can help save money that would typically be spent on maintenance and construction of physical tutoring centers: saving colleges and universities thousands while helping to instill a sustainable mindset.

  1.   Balancing Research Opportunities with a Commitment to Education

With 73% of students attending universities that conduct some degree of research (www.usnews.com), many universities are faced with a dilemma: how to effectively balance time and expenditures to advance both internal research and education.  With the ever important concept of ranking in the minds of nearly all college and university administrators, this dilemma can be difficult.  StudyTree can actually benefit both aspects: research and education.  With StudyTree’s intuitive A.I. platform, professors, administrators, and tutors can accurately pinpoint problem areas within a student’s and/or class’s lesson comprehension and develop strategic personal and group study plans.  With quicker access to and termination of problem areas, professors can spend less time analyzing class performance and more time incorporating their personal or field research into the class curriculum—comprehensively advancing both research and education.

  1.    Initiating Peer Collaboration

As author and spiritual master, Dr. Amit Ray, was famously quoted as saying, “The wind, bees and flowers work together to spread the pollen.”—as is the same in the realm of higher education.  Unfortunately, many university students have admitted to experiencing a gap between their academic issue and the availability of their respective professors.  StudyTree can strategically mend this gap in a manner that benefits all aspects of the university community.  With our collaborative view toward on-demand tutoring, students can work directly with their peers who have previously excelled in the same courses they find difficulty in—fostering an enriching and dynamic tutoring experience.  Nevertheless, students are not the only individuals who can benefit from StudyTree’s innovative approach to tutoring.  Professors can also analyze the academic performance of their classes through StudyTree’s intuitive grade recording.  Therefore, professors can now pinpoint and focus directly on aspects of their lectures that the majority of students find difficulty in—effectively allowing the wind, bees and flowers to collaboratively spread the pollen.  

  1.     Implementation of Technology Within the Classroom

Colleges and universities around the country are attempting to enrich their students educational experiences by integrating progressive technologies into the classroom.  Examples of these new implementations include electronic textbooks and even downloadable lecture podcasts such as the ones that Georgetown University is currently in the process of integrating.  However, one of the biggest problems universities face is changing the culture and mindset of education.  Adrian Sannier, vice president, university technology officer and professor of computing studies at Arizona State University optimistically stated, “ We need some lighthouse institutions to do some amazing things with these technologies in classrooms and change them, and then to propagate those.”  StudyTree can allow you college or university to become that “lighthouse institution”.  StudyTree’s progressive highly technological platform has been received well at numerous innovative institutions such as Drexel University.  Now, the only question is, will your college or university become the trailblazer or will it be left in the dust by other institutions who have acted on this new wave of progressive technology?

By: Joe Snyder

5 Steps For Higher Education Administrators To Cut Costs

Colleges across the nation are feeling the pressure to increase revenues. But, they’re missing a key way to balance their budgets: cutting costs. Administrators recognize that unless they change, colleges will face decreased state funding, a loss in education quality, and a decline in external perception and student trust.

Some colleges are trying their own cost-saving methods. Other colleges are hiring consulting firms, like Bain & Company, to solve their problems. So, we’ve synthesized and optimized the key recommendations and we’d like to give some helpful tips so that your school can get the edge.

  1. Measure Twice, Cut Once.

Cost overruns seem like they occurred overnight because no one is paying attention. Your school needs to constantly be looking at key metrics before making decisions. StudyTree has a live dashboard where you can monitor all your tutoring related expenses in real time. Advanced developments with machine learning can predict periods of high expenditure and send you instant alerts so you can prepare. According to a report from Inside Higher Ed, the director of Operational Excellence at UC Berkeley, which saved $75 million dollars per year, says that their decisions are “intensely metric driven.”

  1. Save money by making money.

If you’re like most people, you know it’s difficult to not spend. But, you still need to balance those budgets. Instead of saving, try increasing revenue by attracting more students and offering something no other school can offer: academic success in and out of the classroom. StudyTree gives your school the ability to offer On-Demand Tutoring, which students at schools like Drexel University absolutely enjoy. Students have a variety of higher education choices these days. With online schools and local colleges on the rise, what makes your university stand out?

  1. Save Trees.

$41,000. That’s the amount of money Indiana University saved per year by making one small aspect of their administration paperless. StudyTree can make multiple levels of your school’s academic services department paperless. Our unique tutoring dashboard and smartphone app driven scheduling system can save thousands in paper costs. According to University Business, “the average school of 1,000 spends about $3,000 to $4,000 a month on paper, ink, and toner alone.”

  1. Stop Redundancy

Colleges seem to be partaking in a three-legged race. Jobs that require one person have multiple people, which creates inefficiencies and raises costs. In fact, after streamlining administrative positions, the University of North Carolina was able to save $66 million dollars. If you want to get a slice of your money back, StudyTree can help you. With our automated scheduler and decision making tools, we can help you manage student tutoring at a higher quality with less people.

  1. Simplify.  

Why do colleges have to be a maze of bureaucracy and administration? Part of the problem is that colleges purchase services from large companies that also have mazes of bureaucracy. Small decisions that your administrative team tries to make become prolonged because of approval requirements from higher up in the administrative hierarchy. Don’t settle for inefficiencies. You can feel more independent and flexible by working with StudyTree. We’re not a maze of bureaucracy and we help you implement your ideas as fast you can generate them. ‘Simple’ should be synonymous with ‘saving’ because simplifying your school can save you time and money.

By: Sohum Daftary

Fighting The Stigma Around Tutoring

Let’s face it… There is a real issue pervading college and university campuses around the country.  No, we’re not talking about the lack of adequate parking or the majority of students’ dwindling personal checking accounts.  This is actually an issue that institutions can help to solve today: some students’ concerns with seeking academic help through tutoring.

Academic and social competitiveness is not something esoteric to only Ivy League and top-tier institutions.  College and university students—around the country—are in constant competition for fellowships, internships, school club memberships, and ultimately career positions.  There is no doubt that nearly everything that requires an application asks for the applicants GPA: like the widely known college motto goes, “pain is temporary, GPA is forever”.   

We’ve all been there… Caffeine coursing through our veins, preparing for the our hardest classes’ high-stakes final exam and realizing how little we understand.  In some instances, this situation can be so bad that we can’t even begin to pinpoint what we do and don’t understand.   This “pain” or intense preparation for quizzes, exams, and other graded assignments can sometimes be the demise of college or university students who don’t understand the required study material.  Often times, in these unfortunate situations—when everything is on the line—some highly competitive students may view reaching out for a tutor’s help as acceptance of “defeat” or “weakness”.  Thankfully, this pervasive sentiment can be a thing of the past with on-demand tutoring.

We must not forget that tutoring isn’t always about academic assistance.  Often times, professors are receptive and an accessible resource for academic assistance; however, some students may feel uncomfortable or perhaps even too “shy” to directly consult their professors.  Sometimes, tutoring is about confidentially lending an ear or providing students with helpful advice to get them through the most stressful of times during the term.  Regardless of the circumstances, StudyTree realizes the intrinsic benefits of peer to peer academic collaboration.

With our application, students have access to a wealth of peer tutors who are ready and able to assist them at any time of day or night.  Whether a student is in urgent need of academic help for that high-stakes, 8:00 A.M. exam, or simply someone to discuss their concerns with; students can rest assured in knowing that their experience will be collaborative, interactive, and confidential.  
StudyTree’s on-demand tutoring solution is completely different from the conventional and often archaic tutoring centers used in colleges and universities across the country.  StudyTree has a solution: by strategically combining convenience and accessibility with an intuitive and interactive interface and a design chic enough to please the trendiest of students, we can foster a confidential, peer to peer, and academically enriching environment that can empower students to break their cycle of academic issues—all by the use of their computer, tablet, or smartphone device.

By: Joe Snyder

This One Overlooked Tip Can Save Your College Thousands

It’s a new year or a new semester. As an administrator, you have your goals and your priorities. You want to execute on your tasks and improve your institution and the experience for students. But there’s one slight problem: Money (or the lack of it).

It’s true. StudyTree has found via interviews with Academic Resources administrators that the lack of resources is the biggest problem holding back programs from successfully helping students.

Some Academic Resources Departments need to hire another staff member and others need to increase the pay of tutors to incentivize student-peers to join. Whatever it is, it seems like your department is always getting the short-stick.

But what if I told you that there was a way to save big without having to make any tradeoffs? What if I told you your department could have a cache of thousands of extra dollars? After finding this lost money, maybe your department could finally purchase that new Keurig machine that only Admissions has.

StudyTree has the solution: space. Save money by saving space, big time. Your Tutoring Center costs thousands of dollars each year to maintain. Electricity, security, custodians, you name it. It all takes valuable resources away from your department that you could be spending on other priorities.

Here at StudyTree, we think big by breaking down walls and we think you should do the same.

With the StudyTree platform, you no longer need a large Tutoring Center that holds appointments between students and tutors. Why can’t students and tutors meet at the dorm lounge or at the nearby coffee-shop? These places are much more conducive to learning anyways because they are more relaxed and welcoming.

StudyTree makes in-person meetings at better locations possible. It uses a mobile app to connect students and tutors, so they can choose exactly where and when to meet. As an administrator, you can monitor everything via our administrator portal. You don’t lose on the tutoring service but you save big on the tutoring space.
Let StudyTree save you thousands. Save money by saving space and minimize the size of the Tutoring Center. Facilitate more authentic meetings in peer to peer tutoring. All with the touch of a button.

By: Sohum Daftary

5 Ways On-demand Tutoring Can Improve Student Retention Rates

  1.   Keeps students engaged

What’s more effective than personalized tutoring?  Well… nothing!  StudyTree’s face-to-face, on-demand tutoring solution allows tutees to engage directly their tutors through customized sessions that directly accommodate the tutee’s distinctive needs.  Many online tutoring platforms are efficient in providing students with the necessary academic assistance, however, are unable to directly engage with students in a personalized manner.  With the added benefit of working with tutors who have experienced the same classes as their tutees, students in need of academic assistance can rest assured in knowing that their unique learning styles will be accommodated on a case by case basis.

  1.    Keeps students motivated

Academic failure can be a slippery slope.  Especially in fast-paced universities with quarter-based terms, recovery from one bad grade can be extremely difficult.  In college—just as in high school—academic subject material builds upon previous lectures.  Students who struggle with the comprehension of foundational information can experience issues pervading the entire term: effectively digging a deeper proverbial “hole”.  This can directly cause students to feel as if there is no way out of their academic predicament.  With the easily accessible nature of StudyTree’s on-demand tutoring solution, students can receive the academic help they need before their issues are compounded.    

  1.    Boosts self-esteem

Have you ever studied really hard for a quiz or an exam and then were devastated to find out that you completely bombed it?  Many college students, across the country, dedicate hours to prepare for their important graded assignments, just to discover that the grade they earned didn’t accurately reflect the work they put into the subject.  With StudyTree, this struggle can finally be eliminated.  All of our dedicated tutors have excelled in the same classes that their tutees are struggling with: adding both personalization and dynamism to their mission of tutee empowerment.

  1.   Fosters involvement within college/university community

Detachment from the university community is one of the biggest reasons why some students have trouble adjusting to college life.  Many students, especially freshman who are unaccustomed to the demands of a higher education, struggle with balancing both their social and academic life.  Often times, the latter concern takes precedence—which directly impacts the social involvement of that student.  StudyTree has developed a solution that allows upperclassmen university students to directly tutor fellow students around campus who are struggling academically.  Creating these on-campus, mentor-like relationships foster both a student’s social and academic life by enriching his or her comprehensive college experience.  Many students, who were once tutees, have been so positively impacted by on-demand tutoring that they have aspired to become tutors themselves.  It’s a win-win, right?

  1.  Takes the stigma out of tutoring

Academic competitiveness is not just reserved for the top-tier and Ivy League Institutions.  Many college and university students avoid seeking help for their academic short-fallings due to feelings of weakness or inferiority: only making their problems worse.  On-demand tutoring can help ease these students’ minds by providing them with the best possible academic assistance whenever and wherever it is needed.  With a team of fellow students always ready and able to assist students, StudyTree has effectively taken the “tension” out of retention!

By: Joe Snyder

5 Ways On-Demand Tutoring Platforms Can Benefit Transfer Students

  1. Easier Adaption into University Environment

One of the biggest concerns that face college and university transfer students is adapting to a new learning and social environment.  In the process of becoming accustomed to life at a new institution, many transfer students have experienced a phenomenon known as “transfer shock” where one’s academic success, social life, or both can suffer.  But don’t fear, because on-demand tutoring can help!  With the accommodation of college students’ schedules perpetually in the minds of on-demand tutors, transfer students can rest assured that their academic endeavors will be a success.

  1. Forms Relationships Between Tutor and Tutee

One hurdle that transfer students must overcome is forming a new social circle within their new college or university.  This process can often be very difficult for some transfer students.  Many students that use on-demand tutoring have been able to naturally form personal relationships with their tutors who often act as mentors both inside and outside the classroom.  StudyTree has developed a strategy that allows high-performing students to tutor their peers at their own universities.  This effectively benefits both parties on both an academic and social level… because what’s college without network building?

  1.  Peer Guidance

Before new transfer students enter the gates of a new college or university, they may have experienced issues with the transferring of credits between their previous institution and their current one.  Further, he or she may try to spend their first term “re-earning” those lost credits.  With the struggle of assimilation looming in the minds of all transfer students, a heavy course load at a new institution may not bode well.  Thankfully, with on-demand tutoring, new transfer students can seek convenient academic assistance from current student tutors who can help them with their course loads and in developing a strategic plan of study.  Tutors can also mentor new transfer students by helping them to balance their credits effectively and understand the rigors of certain courses based on their previous experiences.  

  1. Benefits Community College Transfer Students

For some transfer students who previously attended a two-year higher-ed institution, the shift into a four-year college or university can be disorienting to say the least.  Some universities, such as the University of Virginia (UVA), require transfer students to maintain a minimum GPA.  In the case of UVA, transfer students are expected to maintain at least a 3.4 GPA.  For some newly transferred community college students, balancing a new social and academic life at a four-year institution can be extremely difficult.  StudyTree’s individualized approach to on-demand tutoring can assist students who are in need of academic help on a case by case basis–leaving no student behind.

  1.  Increases Transfer Student Involvement

Some students who transfer between universities find trouble involving themselves within their new campus environment.  Many students who work as on-demand tutors were once tutees themselves!  The tutoring process, that StudyTree focuses on, is both individualized and tutee focused which often inspires tutees to get involved in their campus as on-demand tutors.  Engaged students are happy students, and happy students make for a much better university environment!

By: Joe Snyder