(Not a teacher)I have lately heard that our college received a grant for our students to improve their grades performance. There are two proposals on the table. The first one is to employ more professors for teaching students on specific workshops. The second one is to invest in (improving)putting off(?) the tutoring hours. Because of the limited money, the second one is the better choice. This proposal helps a lot of students with their work, providing more time options for them to choose and a good environment for their studies.
Under the proposal, students can apply for a tutor to help with their academic work. They can be a freshman, an elderly or ESL learners. Most of the freshmen don't exactly understand the differences between a high school and a college. Tutor plays an important role here by letting them know some of the basic rules in college, such as writing an essay with a correct format, as professors always have stricter rules than high school teachers. Also, some of the elderly have difficulty in using computers. They might need an assistant to teach them how to type or master the basic skills. What's more, a great deal of immigrants have a language barrier. Neither can they speak fluent English, nor understand the words and write well. In this connection, a tutor can assist in their assignments. They can correct their pronunciations, grammar mistakes, and explain the meaning of vocabulary which they don’t know. Hence, tutoring is a most conducive way to the academic performance of college students.
In spite of their busy (lecture) schedules,most of the college students have part time jobs, with some of them even working full time. The others might be a father or mother who has to pick up their children or cater for their daily needs/meals. Consequently, their time on campus is getting less and less. Besides, tutoring is usually only available from Monday to Thursday, and particularly restricted to some specified periods. Should they need a tutor beyond these periods of time, they just don’t have any choices. Under these circumstances, if tutoring hours could be extended or is also available on weekends, it could benefit more students who have a time constraint.
And what makes things worse is that we have a number of professors teaching different classes on campus, along with workshops being arranged in a plethora of small groups. If students of these workshops have problems to raise at the same time, our professors may not have spare time to respond their enquiries all at once. Therefore, the current arrangements do not really solve the problem of students in enhancing their academic outcomes. Furthermore, many students live in noisy areas/places, for instance, with subway stations nearby, babies crying or family quarrels,which may greatly distract them from their studies. Hence, the only way they can concentrate on their studies is to be taught by a tutor in a quiet study. Provided that they find something they don’t understand, they can ask him/her right away. In this regard, a tutoring center can provide such a nice and convenient learning space for them.
In conclusion, to increase the manpower of tutors means that there will be more helpers in campus in various periods, so students can solve their doubts/questions on assignments with their assistance, and are allowed to study in a tranquil and cozy enironment. This is indeed the aspirations of all students with a view to improving their grades.
The teachers here may have a better refinement than mine.
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