COVID-19 Distance Learning Transition
In an effort to “flatten the curve” and ease the effects of the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Vassar is transitioning to distance learning. As such, the Quantitative Reasoning Center (Q-Center) will also transition to distance learning and offer online support through Zoom. Drop-in tutoring will now be course-based instead of discipline-based. This means that courses will be assigned certain times and the tutor on duty will only tutor for that course during that time. Students may access our online schedule to find when their course has tutoring available. In addition, support will be available for students who wish to develop skill in computer-based applications that may help them complete their quantitative assignments more easily online, such as LaTeX and ChemDraw. The online schedule will indicate when these options are available.
We recognize that online tutoring for quantitative disciplines can be more challenging than face-to-face meetings, but we hope that the services we are able to provide will help ease the transition and provide the best possible learning experience for members of the Vassar community. We look forward to working with you online and hope to see you at the Q-Center again soon.
The Q-Center is a drop-in tutoring center and resource for all Vassar students. Our staff consist of Q-Tutors, and Supplemental Instructors. Q-Tutors serve as as-needed tutors for students in a variety of math, economics, physics, and chemistry classes, though we hope to be able to answer any quantitative question for you. Supplemental Instructors accompany a class or class section, attending classes, holding office hours and review sessions. They are available to help anyone in their courses, or in other sections of the same course.
Supplemental Instruction: A student-led collaborative learning program linked to select QA courses. SI is attached to designated courses to provide students with a systematic and disciplined approach for processing the subject material assigned. Specially selected and trained students (SI Leaders) lead evening sessions twice a week to help reinforce concepts from the course and facilitate learning. Attendance at SI sessions is voluntary. Students report that regular attendance helps them retain and understand concepts better, develop good study habits, perform well on exams, and form close relationships with peers.
Q-Center: A drop-in center for students to learn with peers outside of the classroom. Students can meet individually or in groups with Quantitative Tutors (Q-Tutors) who are trained to help students become more engaged with course materials. The Q-Tutors are students who have excelled in their specialty course(s). Q-Tutors offer support for introductory courses in Chemistry, Physics, Math, and Economics. We also have departmental academic interns who help with intro Biology and Physics courses. In addition, you can get help with your basic excel assignments and projects. The Q-Center is located in the Library, Room 122.
- The QRC hosts discussion groups, workshops, and speakers to address best practices in teaching and assessing quantitiave learning.
- The QRC offers training for departmental interns who offer peer-support for QA courses.
- The QRC Director is available for consultations with faculty on curricular support and development