Bug Reporting + New Feature Survey

NEW BUG REPORTING PROCEDURE

To simplify the way we track and handle technical issues with our site, we ask that you no longer use the “Report Bug” button on the bottom right corner of your screen when you encounter bugs.

The new bug reporting process that we’d like you to follow from now on is outlined in the following document:

Yup Bug Reporting Instructions

NEW INSTRUCTIONS OVERVIEW:

tutor.support@yup.com Report serious and/or time-sensitive issues
System Issues HipChat Room Report minor issues or discuss bugs with other tutors

NEW INSTRUCTIONS SUMMARY:

1. If an issue significantly impairs or completely hinders your ability to claim sessions or communicate with students:

Immediately email tutor.support@yup.com.

Instructions on what to include in your email can be found in the link above. Examples of these issues include not being able to press the “claim session” button or not being able to see the student’s messages.

2. If you run into a system error that does not significantly impair your actual tutoring:

Report the issue(s) via the “System Issues” HipChat room.

You may also continue to use this HipChat room to discuss system issues with fellow tutors, who may be experiencing the same issues as you and may have advice on dealing with them. An example of this is your passed session count increasing without an incoming session notification.

If you have any questions about this new procedure, please email tutor.support@yup.com and someone from the Operations Team will get back to you.


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Adapting to Student Knowledge

PLAYPOSIT VIDEO TASK

A few weeks ago, we invited a number of randomly selected Yup tutors to watch a PlayPosit training video entitled ‘Adapting to Student Knowledge’. The video outlines general strategies for using guiding questions to move sessions forward quickly while aligning with students’ abilities. 

We found that after being asked to review this video, not only did the selected tutors demonstrate higher gap bridged percentages, but students left less “confusing explanation” feedback and more “fast teaching” feedback on the tutors’ sessions.

If you haven’t already done so, please log in to PlayPosit, watch the video, and answer the interactive quiz questions. The video is less than 6 minutes long and, at the end of the video, you’ll have the chance to leave feedback; please let us know about anything you found either confusing or helpful. We hope you find it informative!

If you have not yet received your PlayPosit credentials or need help logging in, please email aaron@yup.com.

— Team Yup

Discussion:

Pushing Information Policies

PUSHING INFORMATION – CONTEXT

In response to parent and user feedback that struggling students did not feel supported by our service, we have been brainstorming ways to make tutors feel more comfortable supporting stumped students in the form of methodically provided hints.

Being methodical is the key here – when supporting information is pushed to students in a way that allows them to continue solving independently, something magical happens. Not only do students no longer become disheartened by the obstacles between them and their solution, but we remain true to our company mission of promoting learning, not merely giving away answers.

To achieve this, we must work on actively helping students move forward on their problems rather than expecting them to make every connection on their own. This is especially important when a student responds to a guiding question with something like “i don’t know” or “no idea.”

OUR FIRST ATTEMPT

At the end of September, we lowered our standard of what “too much help” looks like by changing the definition of the “Gave Answer” tag. However, simply changing the Gave Answer definition did not solve our problem. The change failed to take standard 1.2 (question-based instruction) or standard 3.1 (adapt to student’s needs) into account, both of which are intertwined in the underlying issue of how best to react when a student becomes stuck.

HOW GAVE ANSWER, 1.2 & 3.1 RELATE

While the Gave Answer tag is an upper bound for how much information you can push to your student, Rubric standard 1.2 is a lower bound for how much you must involve your student. Meanwhile, standard 3.1 evaluates your ability to balance pushing and pulling information in a way that engages the student, while still being mindful of their needs and encouraging progress towards Gap Bridged.

GOING FORWARD

RULE OF THUMB: You should always push helpful information to a student who indicates being stuck on a step (“idk”, “im not sure”). In other words, when a student hits a wall, it’s okay to provide support using hints that allow them to continue making progress on the problem.

To clarify how the above Rule of Thumb connects to our rubric and tags, we made the following changes:

– When assessing standard 3.1, we will be looking for the following to take place: “Tutor Pushes helpful information when the student is unable to proceed independently”

– The guideline for standard 1.2 that previously read “Ask guiding questions before giving away new information” will be updated to: “Use guiding questions to understand why the student is stuck before pushing information”In other words, probing should be taking place throughout the session (not just during the Gap Clarification Phase!) This will tell you what information to push when the student has trouble with your guiding questions.

– The “Gave Answer” tag definition will be updated to the following: “Tutor directly gives the answer* to the student OR fails to involve the student in fundamental steps*”
* “Fundamental steps” are steps that cover the key concepts the problem is testing OR the student’s knowledge gaps
* “Directly giving the answer” includes confirming a solution with no student work to support it

 

Please let us know what questions or uncertainties you have!

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Tutor Dashboard + Math Typing Tool

Tutor Dashboard Update

This week, Yup’s Engineering Team pushed out a number of fixes to improve Tutor Dashboard performance. One change you may notice is the Tutor Dashboard auto-refreshing every 5 minutes. This is totally normal and will ensure our systems are in sync and running smoothly.

Another change that was made this week was the addition of an inaudible sound which plays silently during the waiting period between sessions. This feature will prevent Chrome from deprioritizing the Tutor Dashboard tab when it’s in the background, solving notification issues some tutors were seeing.

Please take a moment to complete the survey at the bottom of this post so we can continue to improve these features and address any issues you may be experiencing with them.


Math Typing Resources

Missing the math typing function from Whiteboard 1.0? The following websites make writing Latex equations simple and allow you to instantly convert equations into images that can be dragged and dropped onto the whiteboard. Use the Whiteboard 2.0 Practice Link to try them out.

‘Online Latex Equation Editor’
(Hint: Increase the font size to make your equations more reader-friendly.)

‘TeX Equation Editor’
(Hint: Increase the ‘height’ size to make your equations more reader-friendly.)

 

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