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Improving Math Skills through Intensive Mentoring and Tutoring

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Two-Year College Special Topics Potpourri

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Two Year College Division

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22.835.1 - 22.835.12



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Jianping Yue Essex County College

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Jianping Yue is a Professor in the Division of Engineering Technologies and Computer Sciences at Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Yue is the Principle Investigator (PI) of the DUE 0622440 grant of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Yue received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering from Wuhan Institute of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering in Wuhan, China in 1977 and 1982, and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Memphis State University, Memphis, Tennessee in 1990.

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Improving Math Skills through Intensive Mentoring and TutoringAbstractMathematics skills are essential for both educational and career successes of students in Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs. Because math courses areprerequisites for major course requirements, passing rate in math courses is an important factoraffecting the retention and graduation rates of STEM majors. This paper presents the results of astudy on a faculty mentoring and peer tutoring program which has proved successful to helpimprove students’ math skills. A group of freshmen students in a community college participatedas a cohort in a summer bridge program supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF)grant. They took a regular introductory math class together which had the same requirements andassessments as other introductory math classes. What was different for the group was that theywere given additional math exercises and practices as homework and received mentoring andtutoring assistance from faculty and peers. Comparison statistics between the students in thesummer bridge program and other regular classes show a significant improvement in math skillsfor the cohort students. Besides academic mentoring and tutoring, the summer bridge programalso provides career counseling, academic planning, and other support services. The studydemonstrates that timely tutoring and guidance as well as more practices are keys to math skillsimprovement.

Yue, J. (2011, June), Improving Math Skills through Intensive Mentoring and Tutoring Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18116

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