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Q-Tutoring FAQs

Who are the Q-Tutors?

Q-Tutors (Q-Ts) are students who have done well in QA courses and want to help their peers succeed in those courses!  They are trained and motivated to help you work through quantitative materials in a wide range of science and QA courses.

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What courses do you offer help for?

In principle, we offer some form support for all of the QA courses.  Our Q-Ts offer drop-in support in Chemistry, Math, and Physics, and Econ.  Academic interns also hold office hours in the Q-Center for select courses. We also provide help with Excel.

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What if I have a question about a quantitative concept but I am not currently taking a QA course (i.e. research, data analysis, senior thesis)

Don’t hesitate to drop by the Q-Center!  We are here to encourage quantitative reasoning across disciplines and throughout your time at Vassar.  Just as writing skills have lifetime importance, so do QR skills. 

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Do I need an appointment?

No appointment necessary!  Just make sure you check the schedules online to see when Q-Ts in your subject area are working.

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What should I bring to the Q-Center for tutoring?

Students should bring their textbooks, class notes, calculators, and any materials that will help the tutors assist you as best as possible. Tutors may need to refer to texts and notes since they may have had a different instructor or the textbooks may have changed.

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Where is the Q-Center located and when is it open?

The Q-Center is located in the Main Library, Room 122 adjacent to the Writing Center. Chemistry and Econ tutors are located in the basement room 88. This link provides maps of the exact locations: https://ltrc.vassar.edu/qrc/where-are-we.html. The Q-Center is open Sunday-Thursday from 3-11pm. 

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Where can I locate the Q-Center schedule to find tutors for each subject?

Schedules are posted on our website, “Vassar College Q-Center”  You can also drop by the Q-Center to check our schedule.

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Who exactly is the Q-Center for?

The Q-Center is for ALL students! Q-Tutors are available for extra support in QA classes and they facilitate a low-stress learning environment where all students are free to ask questions! Students also visit the Q-Center to reinforce their knowledge by reviewing materials with a Q-Tutor and/or their peers in the class. COME EARLY, COME OFTEN, COME ALL!

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How can I get even more information about the Q-Center?

Contact the Director:

Heather Gould, PhD
(845) 437-5789
qrc@vassar.edu

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Supplemental Instruction FAQs

Who are the SIs?

Supplemental Instruction Leaders, or SIs, are students who have done well in QA courses and who want to help their peers succeed in a particular one of those courses. They are assigned to a section of a course that they sit in on. They help students in that course by preparing and running review sessions and holding office hours weekly.

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What courses do you offer SI support for?

SIs are typically cover introductory Math and Chemistry courses such as Calculus I and II and General Chemistry, Chemical Principles, and Organic Chemistry. SI or similar support is occasionally offered for Calculus III, as well.

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How do I find out if I have an SI and who it is?

SIs introduce themselves to the class at the beginning of the semester, usually on the first day. They will email you or contact you through Moodle to introduce themselves, as well. You can also email the Q-Center Director, Dr. Heather Gould, at hgould@vassar.edu to find out if you have an SI and who that person is.

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What can I expect from an SI review session?

An SI review session is a weekly one-hour review session developed by your SI that is tailored to your section’s needs. Generally, an SI will write a problem set for you to work through and discuss during the session. The problem set is focused on the concepts your professor has covered in the last week. Collaborative learning is encouraged as this is a great way to learn about other peoples’ strategies or how they think about a concept. It is suggested that you arrive at the beginning and stay for the full hour but you are not required to do so.

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What can I expect from SI office hours?

SI’s office hours are weekly two-hour sessions that your SI will hold in the Q-Center space where drop-in tutoring is held. The SI is available on a drop-in basis during this time to answer your questions.

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Where do I go for SI support?

SI review sessions for Math are generally held in Rockefeller Hall; SI review sessions for Chemistry are generally held in the Bridge building. Check with your SI for the time and exact location. SI office hours are held in the Q- Center space. Q-Center Math support is in the Main Library, Room 122, adjacent to the Writing Center. Q-Center Chemistry support is available in the Main Library, Room 88,* downstairs near Special Collections. Check with your SI for their office hours schedule.

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What should I bring to an SI session?

Bring the same things you would bring to class. Something to write with and on, your textbook(s), class notes, calculator, and any materials that will help the SI assist you as best as possible.

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If I have an SI, can I still go to a Q-tutor?

Yes, absolutely! An SI is additional support for you. You, just like any other Vassar student, can seek the support a Q-Tutor, but better yet, you have the opportunity to work with both.

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Employment FAQs

What types of positions are available at the Q-Center?

There are two primary positions at the Q-Center: Quantitative Tutor (Q-Tutor) and Supplemental Instructor (SI). Q-Tutors offer help to students in a wide range of quantitative questions on a drop-in basis. SIs are assigned to a single section of select introductory courses and generally focus on helping only in that class.

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What subjects are covered?

In principle, we offer some form of support for all courses that satisfy the QA requirement. Our Q-Tutors primarily focus on drop-in support in Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics. Math SIs typically cover courses in the calculus sequence through multivariable and Chemistry SIs typically cover general and organic chemistry.

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What are the qualifications?

Q-Tutors are expected to have performed well in introductory classes in the field they tutor. Usually, this means they must have earned a B+ or better in foundation courses or their equivalents (such as AP exams). SIs are expected to have taken the course for which they are assigned. Usually, they must have earned an A- or better in this course. All Q-Center staff are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater. A Federal Work Study award is preferred but not required.

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What are the responsibilities?

Q-Tutors are responsible for holding regular hours each week. In addition to one-on-one and group tutoring, Q-Tutors help students develop good study skills and habits. SIs are responsible for attending their assigned courses regularly, developing and leading review sessions, and holding office hours. Q- Center staff are occasionally asked to take on additional responsibilities such as administrative tasks and participating in community outreach programs.

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How many hours will I work each week?

Q-Tutors typically work four two-hour shifts each week. SIs typically work about nine hours each week. Their time is spent in their assigned class, developing and delivering a one-hour review session, holding a two-hour office hour shift, and performing some other administrative-type tasks.

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How much will I be paid?

Students are paid based on Federal Work Study guidelines. Currently, the standard rate is $10 per hour. Students have a maximum earning potential based on their class standing. Sophomores may work an average of nine hours weekly and juniors and seniors may work an average of ten hours weekly.

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How do I apply?

Our application is available online at tinyurl.com/QRCApply. Please have the names of two professors, at least one in the field you are applying to tutor/SI, who are willing to provide references.

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