Coming Soon: New Rubric and Tutoring Template!

We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on a new, more straightforward rubric and template as well as new session categories. It is our goal to release the latest versions in the coming weeks.

Here is a breakdown of some of the changes you can expect:

What are your initial thoughts on the upcoming changes? We’d love to hear from you– share and discuss below!

— Team Yup

Suggested Read: “Why Teachers Need To Know The Wrong Answers”

The following article addresses “the importance of wrongness” and why it is our duty as educators to understand our students’ thought processes, especially when they’re incorrect:

Why Teachers Need To Know The Wrong Answers (nprEd) – opens in a new tab

Sadler says that cognitive science tells us that if you don’t understand the flaws in students’ reasoning, you’re not going to be able to dislodge their misconceptions and replace them with the correct concepts.

“It’s very expensive in terms of mental effort to change the ideas that you come up with yourself,” Sadler says. “It’s a big investment to say, ‘I’m going to abandon this thing that I came up with that makes sense to me and believe what the book or the teacher says instead.’ “

As an online tutor, how could understanding and addressing incorrect ideas be more helpful than simply focusing on the solution? In what ways might this practice benefit the student long-term?

What are some common student misconceptions you see in your subject area?

Read the article and share your thoughts below!

— Team Yup

Helping Students with Probability and Statistics

Dear Yup Math Tutors:

Since we are aligning ourselves to offer help with all middle and high school Common Core Math Standards, it is important that we start helping students with probability and statistics problems.

This includes problems about mean, median, mode, standard deviation, variance, box and whisker plots, dot plots, histograms, quartiles etc., which we encourage you to look into further if you are not familiar with them.

If you are at all unsure of what probability and statistics material is covered under Common Core, please review the following link where you can review all probabilities and statistics curriculum we need to cover.

https://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSS/introduction/

If you do not feel comfortable with any of the material, we found an online course called “Common Core Math – Statistics & Probability: High School Standards” through study.com that does a great job of reviewing everything you need to know. Study.com offers a free 5-day trial in case you would like to go through the lessons in detail. As long as you cancel your subscription within the 5 day free-trial you will not be charged anything. Without an account you should still be able to review the syllabus, as well as take the lesson quizzes and chapter exams. We are in the process of deciding whether or not to sign Yup up for this service, so any feedback you have on the the course would be greatly appreciated.

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Please let us know at tutor.support@yup.com if you feel that you are not able to help students in any of these areas, and we will work together to get you up to speed.

Happy tutoring!

— Team Yup

Yup Tutor Community: Introduction

Welcome to the Yup Tutor Community page!

This exciting new feature gives you instant access to the latest announcements, along with interactive polls, interesting articles and mini-training activities, all from your Tutor Dashboard.

Because this page will be used to share important information with you, it will be your responsibility to check for any new announcements at the start of each shift.

We also ask that you to use your down-time between sessions to read suggested articles, complete surveys, participate in activities and join in discussions. Most posts will feature a comment section, where you can share your thoughts or ask questions using your Facebook ID (don’t worry– these comments will be featured only on our page and will not show up on your Facebook!)

When you first start your shift, this window will display all our posts in order from newest to oldest. Any especially important posts will be featured at the very top. To filter posts by a specific category, use the links to the left to choose the type of posts you’d like to view.

Want to view this information when you’re not waiting to connect with a student? Bookmark the page’s link and access the blog anytime.

Happy tutoring!

— Team Yup

What are you thoughts or questions do you have about this new feature? Share them below using your Facebook ID!