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Professional development is vital to ensuring MDC tutors are providing the best support possible to our students. Learning Resources has worked together to build a tutor training program known as TutorTIPs. All new tutors, lab instructors, instructional assistants, and other personnel that deliver supplemental support to students will go through our Tutor Training Intensive Program (TutorTIPs). The first phase involves a 10-hour training combining face-to-face sessions, online tutorials covering a variety of topics recommended by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), and the National Tutoring Association (NTA) and shadowing. Tutors must complete this training within the first two weeks of being hired to ensure that all tutors have the same foundational skills, be versed in a variety of tutoring modalities, and meet the standards of the accrediting bodies.

Additionally, Learning Resources hosts an annual TutorTIPs Symposium that brings tutors together across the college to network, learn, and present best practices. This year, as we still find ourselves supporting students in a remote setting, we are will once again meet virtually for our 7th annual TutorTIPs Symposium. We look forward to working with each of you as we travel on our journey to explore and implement new strategies to continue focusing and supporting our students in effective, empathetic, and equitable ways. 

For more information on TutorTIPs and to view training materials in our phase one of training please visit:

Thank you

Thank you for joining us in our 7th Annual TutorTIPs Symposium. We hope you were able to learn something that will make a positive difference during your work with students. The 2021 Symposium tab will be updated soon to include the recorded sessions from the day, so you can feel free to share or discover a session you couldn't attend. We are looking forward to the next symposium and can't wait to get together again to network and learn! Keep an eye out for the 2022 call for proposals coming next Fall.

Do you have an idea for a breakout session for next year? Consider taking this brief survey and let us know!

Click here to take the Tutor Symposium Fall 2021 Survey

Breakout session titles link to the live Zoom Room which will be accessible on Friday, December 17, 2021 at the scheduled times.


Welcome Remarks


Erick Dominicis, College-wide Director of Learning Resources

Alexander Hernandez, Director of Learning Resources, Hialeah Campus


Keynote Speaker


Joshua Braun

Associate Professor, Arts & Philosophy, Wolfson Campus


Session A

       What’s Writing Got to Do With Fashion: A Case Study in Creative Interdepartmental Collaboration
Kimberly Logan-Hynes, Associate Instructor, Learning Resources, West Campus
Patrick Henry, Academic Support Writing Coach, Learning Resources, Wolfson Campus

       Playing With Fire: A Case Study
Michael Allora, Fire Sciences Administrative Coordinator, North Campus
Ariane Tulloch, Academic Support Writing Coach, Learning Resources, North Campus

       Re-imagining the Basics of Running a Tutoring Session
Mercy Gamez, Associate Instructor, Learning Resources, Homestead Campus

       What’s Going on in This Picture? A Brief Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies
Jenny Saxton, Faculty Librarian, Learning Resources, Kendall Campus

       Give me 5! Using Videos to Capture Students' Attention
Juan Rodriguez, Adjunct Faculty, North Campus

       Write It Out to the Finish Line: Competitive Writing and Collaborations for Accelerating Students
Teresa Cusidor, Instructional Assistant II, Learning Resources, Padrón Campus

       “Off With Their Heads!”– A Tale of Collaboration to Help Students Create Spectacular E-portfolios Without Going Down the Rabbit Hole
Ildiko Barsony, Assistant Professor, North Campus
Stephanie Garcia, Associate Director of Learning Resources, North Campus
Jose Ruiz, Instructional Assistant I, Learning Resources, North Campus
Jennifer Vargas, Instructional Assistant II, Learning Resources, North Campus
Abigail Stephenson, Student, Honors College, North Campus


Coffee Break & Stretch


Session B

       Beyond Fixin’ Their Papers: Using Comics, Visuals, and Audience to Engage Your College Writing Student
Phillip Peevy, Lab Instructor, Padrón Campus

       Imagining Possibilities: Tutoring in the School of Entertainment & Design Technology (SEDT)
Tommy Demos, Associate Professor, North Campus
Khaleel Bailey, Lab Assistant, North Campus

       Bridging the Gap Between Tutoring and Library Services
Christina Dillon, Learning Resources Professional, Hialeah Campus
Angel Hernandez, Learning Resources Professional, North Campus
Jenny Saxton, Faculty Librarian, Learning Resources, Kendall Campus

       The Mathematics of Writing
Alexander Quintana, Tutor, University of North Florida

       Speech Tutoring 101: Preparing Tutors and Empowering Students
Nerys Torralbas, Associate Instructor, Learning Resources, Hialeah Campus
Yane Nemeroff, Faculty, Hialeah Campus


Closing Session


Ariane Tulloch
Academic Support Writing Coach, Learning Resources, North Campus