Texas Tech University
Lubbock TX 79409
Texas Tech University
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TECHNIQUES CENTER WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COLLEGE AND HIGH
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ISSUES HIGH SCHOOL TEXAS TECH
IDEA, P.L. 94-142,
WHAT IS STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES? Laws ADA
Student Disability Services (SDS) is the official university IEP not acceptable,
program providing reasonable classroom accommodations for Basis of IEP, school assessments
students with identified disabilities. Classroom services licensed
accommodations are provided in accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and are free of charge, Expected to know when to
based on submitted documents. Dependant, uninvolved in get assistance, expected to
The TECHniques Center is a division of SDS for students with educational contract, understand their learning
learning disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity open discussion among disability & needs, expected
to the school
Disorder (AD/HD). This fee-for-service program is designed staff to know & use campus
for students who feel they need further support in addition to resources and services
Resource room, entitled Appropriate services
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO THE to services, determined based on
TECHNIQUES CENTER? course waivers, provided assessments & justification
taped textbooks of functional limitations
Step 1: Admission to TTU
Potential students must apply and be accepted to Texas Tech IEP developed with
University through the Office of Admissions. Parents generally excluded,
parents, IEP required
Relations with FERPA/Buckley Amend.,
reports to parents,
Step 2: Apply to Student Disability Services including the supplemental parents discussion possible only with
parents informed when
section for the TECHniques Center signed authorization
student in trouble
Once the TECHniques Center receives and reviews all
information, students will be notified of acceptance by mail. More freedom &
Structure & Teachers & parents very
WHAT ARE THE ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS OF THE accountability involved
policies & consequences
Acceptance to the TECHniques Center is based on: Less time in class & varies
In class all day, after-
Sufficient documented evidence of LD or AD/HD Time each day, more free time,
school time structured
SDS application, with TECHniques supplement many social opportunities
Two completed recommendations
Attendance optional, out-of-
Commitment to participate in an academic
Directed by teacher, work class reading &
enhancement program and motivation to work toward
Classes done in class, in class all assignments, 4-6 classes
a college degree
day each semester, expected to
be an independent learner
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WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?
WHO AM I ALLOWED TO SPEAK WITH ABOUT MY
Services of TECHniques Center: Services of SDS:
The Statement of Understanding signed by the student at the
beginning of the semester gives TECHniques Center staff the right Individual support from academic Classroom Accommodations
to communicate with parents about the student’s progress only counselors to build self-esteem, self-
when authorized by the student. Please note that the Statement of confidence, and self-advocacy
Understanding allows parents to speak with the student’s Assistance with academic major/career Additional time on work done in
academic counselor only and not the student’s instructors or tutors. decision-making, academic class and on tests, unless speed
If parents feel there are issues with another aspect of the student’s advising/course scheduling, and time is the essential element being
progress, they should let the academic counselor know as soon as management/organizational skills tested
possible. Individual learning style assessments Alternative test location which
provides a quiet environment that
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT THE TECHNIQUES CENTER reduces distractions
KEEPS IN CONTACT WITH PARENTS? Individualized content and study skills Priority seating assignment
tutoring for enrolled courses by CRLA
Parents receive periodic e-mails throughout the semester with certified tutors
updates about students’ academic progress. Parents are welcome Academic performance monitoring Test reader or scribe
to contact academic counselors at any time throughout the through faculty of enrolled courses
semester. Technology to enhance learning: Tape recorder for class lectures
computer hardware and software and in-class assignments (e.g.
HOW CAN I HELP MY STUDENT’S PREPARE FOR COLLEGE? essays)
Encouragement and guidance to co- Spell checker or spelling
To help students prepare for the transition to college, parents curricular involvement opportunities dictionary
should: Referrals to various academic support Computers in PASS Center (or
services provided by instructors) for essay
Discuss mutual expectations for the first semester (.e.
exams or in-class writing
grades, activities, etc.).
Help students become familiar with the procedures of the
Drop-in tutoring services for a variety Non-programmable calculator
TECHniques Center and of Texas Tech University.
Help the student become a self advocate and active
participant in their own success. Books on Tape
Resolution of problems and issues
Parents should consistently remind students that they are now regarding these accommodations
responsible for decisions made and help them learn the difference
between high school and college with regards to accommodations .
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WHAT IS THE BILLING PROCESS FOR THE WHAT ARE THE TUTOR’S EXPECTATIONS OF
TECHNIQUES CENTER? STUDENTS?
The TECHniques Center billing process occurs after
students sign their Statement of Understanding. The fee will In order for tutors to effectively assist students, students should
be added to the tuition bill approximately 3 weeks prior to do the following:
the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Please be Attend class.
sure to follow university payment dates and guidelines so Attend tutoring sessions. Even if all of a students’
you will not be dropped for non-payment. The university homework is done – they can always review.
only sends electronic bills to official TTU e-mail addresses, Be on time; tutors will only wait 15 minutes.
so please read all correspondence from TTU carefully. Stick to regular meeting times and places.
TECHniques Center fees follow the same refund policy as Be respectful of tutors’ schedules – missed sessions
tuition. are hard to make up or reschedule.
Call the tutor if there is a need to reschedule a tutoring
IS WORKING WITH THE TECHNIQUES CENTER session due to an unexpected emergency.
CONFIDENTIAL? Bring needed materials to tutoring sessions.
All TECHniques Center student contacts are confidential. Set mini goals-be specific about what needs to be
This includes, but is not limited to, student-tutor, student- covered each session.
academic counselor, parent-academic counselor or Communicate with tutors.
instructor-academic counselor contacts. Study outside of class and tutoring.
Read and attempt to do assignments.
DOES THE TECHNIQUES CENTER RELEASE MY Come to tutoring with specific questions.
All students participating in the TECHniques Center will be
asked to sign a release of information waiver, as part of their
Statement of Understanding, to allow academic counselors
to speak with parents, instructors, tutors, and other people
with a role in the students’ success. Students may select to
whom they want information released. This release of
information does not allow parents to contact tutors and
instructors, so any questions/concerns should be directed to
the academic counselor.
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HOW OFTEN DOES TUTORING OCCUR? WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF TECHNIQUES CENTER
TECHniques students are allotted 5 hours of tutoring per week. The The main goal of the TECHniques Center is to assist students in learning
number of appointments scheduled with students should be based on the academic skills necessary to be successful students. TECHniques
the number and difficulty of classes that are being tutored. Students Center students are expected to:
make regularly scheduled appointments and are expected to attend Attend classes and complete course requirements
every one. Even if students do not have homework, tutors have been Attend weekly meetings with academic counselor
trained to assist students in improving their study skills and learning Attend regularly scheduled sessions with assigned tutor(s)
strategies, so all appointments should be kept. Attend regularly scheduled study hours, as required
Attend regularly scheduled workshops, as required
WHERE DOES TUTORING TAKE PLACE? Maintain a 2.0 GPA
Tutors and students schedule appointments at times that are mutually WHAT IS THE STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING?
satisfactory to both parties. This generally falls within normal operating
hours of the TECHniques Center. However, tutoring may be conducted All students will be sent a Statement of Understanding prior to the
between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. if students and tutors agree to this. Tutoring beginning of classes each semester. This agreement serves as a
must take place in the TECHniques Center or another approved on- contract between students and the TECHniques Center, highlighting the
campus site. Tutoring may not take place in the Student Union Building, expectations and obligations both parties must fulfill. Students cannot
a dorm room, coffee shop, etc. receive services from or be billed for the TECHniques Center until this
Statement of Understanding has been signed and returned.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT TUTORS SHOULD NOT DO?
WHAT IS THE MANDATORY MEETING?
A tutor should not plan any non-academic related activities with Each semester on or before the first day of class, all students are
TECHniques students outside the TECHniques Center. expected to attend a mandatory meeting. At this meeting, students will
review the TECHniques Center Statement of Understanding, receive new
A tutor should not contact a Texas Tech faculty or staff member, parents, information about the TECHniques Center, meet their academic
or other person connected to students by phone, in writing, or in person counselor, and assigned tutor(s).
to discuss the progress of students.
WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUES CENTER’S GPA POLICY?
A tutor should not help students with the content of a take-home or Once students are working with the TECHniques Center, they must
WebCT test. maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. If their GPA drops under a 2.0 one
semester, TECHniques Center services will be provided on a
probationary period of one semester. If the students’ GPA remains below
a 2.0 after the probationary period, the student will be permanently
dropped from the TECHniques Center program. Any student with a GPA
lower than a 1.0 will not be eligible to return to the TECHniques Center.
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WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUES CENTER’S “NO-SHOW” POLICY?
If students fail to show up to a scheduled tutoring session or their weekly
meeting with an academic counselor, it is recorded as a “no show.” If WHAT MAKES TECHNIQUES CENTER TUTORS DIFFERENT?
the tutor receives less than 6 hours notice of a cancellation, the tutor
The TECHniques Center has the only tutoring program at Texas
may choose to reschedule the appointment or count it as a “no show.” If
Tech University certified by the College Reading and Learning
students “no show” tutor(s) or staff members three times, tutoring
Association (CRLA). The TECHniques Center is currently able to
services will be placed on hold until students meet with their academic
certify tutors for three levels: basic, advanced, master. This
counselor to explain the “no show” and to justify why tutoring should
certification ensures that TECHniques tutors are not only
continue. Students with excessive “no shows” may not be allowed to
knowledgeable in the subject, but also trained in areas such as
return to the TECHniques Center the following semester.
learning disabilities and learning styles, which will increase the
tutors’ effectiveness. Tutors attend a minimum of 10 training hours
WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUES CENTER’S POLICY ON ACADEMIC
per semester, and meet regularly with TECHniques staff to receive
feedback on tutoring skills and how to further aid individual students.
TECHniques Center students and tutors must uphold the University’s
academic integrity standards. The TTU Student Handbook Code of WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A TECHNIQUES
Student Conduct, states: TUTOR?
1. 40 credit hours by first tutoring assignment
“‘Academic dishonesty’ includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, 2. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; A/B in the subject
falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair
academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of 3. Two letters of recommendation (1 from a supervisor, 1 from
essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of a faculty member)
the instructor) or the attempt to commit such an act.”
HOW ARE TUTORS ASSIGNED?
Because of the nature of our services, take-home tests, on-line quizzes, Prior to the beginning of each semester, the TECHniques Center
and on-line tests should not be done during tutoring. If there is a staff evaluates the classes that the students are taking, and
question about working on a particular assignment during tutoring, the compares those classes to the tutors’ transcripts. Students will be
student’s academic counselor should be consulted. matched with a tutor who has taken the same course and received a
B or better. Please note that students are not guaranteed to have
the same tutor every semester, nor are tutors required to have the
same major, though it often occurs.
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WHAT ARE GRADE-CHECKS?
WHAT ISSUES ARE DISCUSSED WITH ACADEMIC
COUNSELORS? Throughout each semester, academic counselors maintain contact with
students’ faculty. TECHniques Academic Progress Reports are sent to
Throughout the semester, various topics and issues are addressed instructors twice an academic semester. This information is shown to
when meeting with academic counselors. Some of the routine topics students and provides an opportunity for discussion on progress in
include: class attendance, class performance, tutoring issues, classes and any suggestions for improvements.
selecting an appropriate major and other issues that might affect
academic performance. To keep parents informed about their students’ academic progress, an e-
mail is sent to parents. Parents are welcome to follow-up with an e-mail
During certain times of the semester, specific topics and tasks are or phone call to their student’s academic counselor.
discussed, including grade checks, class registration, and end of
semester feedback. WHAT IS AVAILABLE IN THE TECHNIQUES CENTER COMPUTER
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ACADEMIC
COUNSELOR AND AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR? The TECHniques Center strives to make the newest advances in
technology available to participating students. Students have access to
Academic advisors are assigned by students’ colleges and assist computers with full internet access, CD-RW drives, and compatible
students in deciding which classes to register for based on their printers. Students can access TECHniques Center computers using their
degree plan. Most colleges require students to meet with an advisor e-raider account. The TECHniques Center computer lab has Kurzweil
prior to registration. 3000™ and Read and Write Gold which read and highlight scanned or
electronic text, such as books, web pages and other electronic
Academic counselors also help students with registration, but it is documents, aloud using human sounding synthetic speech. All
done on a more individualized level. They seek to find specific class computers are also equipped with Inspiration, a mind mapping software.
sections and instructors that would most benefit the student. Students can access the software using their own computers via the
Academic counselors cannot remove holds, and course Internet.
recommendations made by your college academic advisor
supersede any suggestions or recommendations made by your
TECHniques Center academic counselor.
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WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SELF-ADVOCACY AND ACADEMIC COUNSELORS
For students to be effective self-advocates, they should be comfortable
talking to instructors about their needs and accommodations. The WHAT DO TECHNIQUES ACADEMIC COUNSELORS
TECHniques Center works with students to build their self-advocacy OFFER?
skills and encourages them to maintain an open line of communication The academic counselors at the TECHniques Center
with their instructors about their needs/accommodations. employ the COACH method in order to assist students. By
using the COACH method academic counselors intend to:
It will benefit students to identify themselves to the instructor since the
TECHniques Center sends out grade-checks several times during the Create structure and support so that students can establish
semester. Students who take the time to talk with their instructors routines and learn to compensate for LD and/or AD/HD.
usually find their instructor more willing to work with them. Offer accountability and encouragement to build self-
advocacy and self-esteem.
DOES THE TECHNIQUES CENTER OFFER ANY SCHOLARSHIPS? Assist students in making strong choices regarding their
Need-based scholarships are available for TECHniques Center students classes, academic majors, and career decisions based on
who have taken at least twelve hours at Texas Tech, are progressing their individual strengths and interests.
toward their academic goals, and have financial need verified by the Communicate and collaborate with instructors, parents,
Financial Aid Office. tutors, academic advisors, and health professionals.
Help students grow as individuals and develop skills to be
The Olive-Pfluger Scholarship is awarded annually to students with successful at Texas Tech University and life beyond.
documented evidence of an LD or AD/HD. This scholarship is awarded
each summer for the following academic year. Recipients will receive HOW OFTEN DO STUDENTS MEET WITH ACADEMIC
$1,200 for the fall semester and $1,200 for the spring semester, as long COUNSELORS?
as they continue to be enrolled in courses at Texas Tech University The academic counselors and students establish a weekly
during that academic year. Applications are available in the spring of meeting at the beginning of each semester, which is
each year. scheduled as a thirty-minute session but may be shorter or
longer, depending on the issues that need to be discussed.
In addition, if the academic counselor is available, students
are welcome to drop in, at any time, and talk about issues
that they might be experiencing. Academic counselors
employ an open-door policy for all of their students.