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Totally Tutoring

Category: Summer 2014

What is Totally Tutoring About?

Totally Tutoring is a collaboration of tutoring services on Kansas State University Campus. Totally Tutoring’s goal is to help K-State students succeed by providing outstanding tutoring services and excellent tutors. In addition, Totally Tutoring helps K-State tutors maintain their tutoring skills at a high level by providing workshops and lectures on tutoring.

 Changes are in the works for a new web site for Totally Tutoring <http://www.k-state.edu/totallytutoring/>. Until the change is complete, please visit our current website at http://www.k-state.edu/tutoring/





Totally Tutoring Upcoming Events


 Totally Tutoring had a great 2013-2014 school year with two workshops for tutors and another showcase of award-winners for administrators. The 2014-2015 school year is promising to be another great year for K-State and Totally Tutoring. Totally Tutoring’s members are from 11 different programs across K-State campuses and are currently planning workshops and/or lectures for the upcoming school year. 

Over the last year, our Totally Tutoring awards and events have been funded by the Office of the Provost and the President, Steve Dandaneau, the Graduate School, the Teaching and Learning Center, Jill Shields, Housing and Dining, Educational Supportive Services, Bette Grauer, Dawne Martin, the Department of English and the Academic Excellence Fund. We are grateful for this support!

If you would like to be a part of our organization or give monetary support, please contact Scott Velasquez, 532-5360 or sev9355@ksu.edu.

We also welcome support for Totally Tutoring through contributions to the All University Campaign in September.  Our foundation account is C38905 Totally Tutoring.


Awarding Outstanding K-State Tutors

Awarding Outstanding K-State Tutors

Totally Tutoring believes that there is a need to recognize and award K-State’s outstanding tutors. The students who formed the Totally Tutoring student awards committee honored six tutors for spring 2014:

“Tutors Make a Difference” Award Winners: Undergraduate Tutors

Megan Reynolds (Leasure Hall Tutoring)              

Amanda Braun (Leasure Hall Tutoring)                  

Jay Disberger (SAS)                                                        


“Tutors Make a Difference” Award Winners: Graduate Tutors

Damien Downes (Athletics)                                         

Michelle Gutknecht (ARC/DARC)                             

Kelsey Welliver (Leasure Hall Tutoring)                 


“Honorable Mention”

Hunter Gilson (The Writing Center)

Rachel Smith (The Writing Center)



Totally Tutoring 2013-2014 Events

In the 2013-2014 school year, Totally Tutoring provided tutoring workshops for K-State tutors. Our first workshop was on November 10th, 2013. Experienced tutors Charlesia McKinney and Kelsey Hixson-Bowles led the fall tutoring workshop at the Vanier Football Complex at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The workshop, called the “Totally Tutoring Pedagogical Workshop: New Learners/Transitions/Connections,” allowed tutors to explore their curiosity about successful tutoring practices through a survey and informal conversations with peers. 







Our biggest workshop was held at the Manhattan Sunset Zoo on March 30th, 2014. Totally Tutoring invited K-State tutors to go to the Manhattan Sunset Zoo and enjoy the day at the zoo! Not only did the tutors get to meet exotic animals like Dasypodidae, the Southern Three-banded Armadillo, and the Geochelone sulcata, the Sulcata Tortoise, but they were able to participate in an engaging workshop created by peer-learning expert Dr. Brian Fallon (Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York). Dr. Fallon encouraged tutors to consider how their efforts as tutors contribute in unique ways to student-learning at K-State.








Dr. Fallon

Totally Tutoring was able to procure the leadership of Dr. Fallon with the help of monetary donations from different K-State departments and fly him out to the Little Apple from the Big Apple. Dr. Fallon is the current president of the NYC Metropolitan Affiliate of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and he also serves as the treasurer of the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW). He has been invited to speak on peer tutoring at a number of events and campuses in the NYC area.