LSU Tutors, Mentors Complete CRLA Training

by Matt Dunaway
LSU Tutors, Mentors Complete CRLA Training

BATON ROUGE — The LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes recently had 38 new tutors and mentors complete the entire College Reading and Learning Association [CRLA] during the fall semester.

“We’re extremely proud of the 38 tutors and mentors who completed the full training curriculum and completed their CRLA certification,” Associate Director for Student Learning/Learning Specialist Jennifer Timmer said. “The practical techniques and theoretical concepts taught in the training will benefit the tutors and mentors in their teaching and, ultimately, will assist the student-athletes in their educational goals.  Additionally, it’s because of the dedication of the Learning Specialists and Student Learning Program Graduate Assistants who led the training sessions that so many tutors and mentors were able to successfully complete the training.”

There were 27 participants who earned Level 1 certification. This level is an introduction to instructional techniques and allows new hires to improve their knowledge of teaching best practices which are correlated with specific strategies to implement.

“CRLA training helped me assess my skills as an educator, and use them to their highest capacity with my student-athletes,” Participant Stephanie Clayton said. “I have been an educator for six years and walked away from this training with invaluable information that I successfully applied during sessions with my student-athletes.”

LSU had 11 tutors and mentors complete the Level 2 Advanced qualifications. The objective of this level is to give the participants additional practical techniques to implement within their sessions in more specific contexts.

“We appreciate that our staff is constantly seeking to advance its skill set in its role as professional educators,” Student Learning Manager/Learning Specialist Leah Saal said. “The commitment tutors and mentors make to becoming more proficient in their craft will continue to be of invaluable benefit to our students as well as aid the Academic Center for Student-Athletes in reaching its goal of becoming the premier provider of academic-athletic support services in the country.”