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The Learning Conference 2003

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The Impact of Paired Tutoring and Mentoring on Student Performance During Freshmen Probation

Jennifer Bruce.

The effect of paired tutoring and mentoring upon academic achievement of college freshmen in a probationary/early warning program was investigated in an experimental study conducted at a small, private liberal arts college. A significant treatment effect was revealed which showed that students who were provided with mentoring and tutoring services by the same person showed greater academic gains as measured by compliance and academic achievement than students in the control group who were provided mentoring and tutoring services by different persons. It was concluded that paired tutoring and mentoring can positively affect academic achievement of students in probationary/early warning programs.


Jennifer Bruce  (United States)
Director of Instruction
Higgins Academic Center
Randolph-Macon College

Jennifer Bruce is the Director of Instruction at Randolph-Macon College, and holds a Ph.D. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research areas include peer mentoring and turoring, and the effects of academic supports on at-risk students and students with disabilities.

Jack Trammell is the Director of Disability Support Services at Randolph-Macon College, and is finishing his Ph.D. in Educational Research at Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Paired Tutoring and Mentoring
  • Probation
  • Achievement

(30 min Conference Paper, English)