Tutoring at B@UNAM. Examples of Cases Succesful in Retaining Students Who Were at Risk of Desertion

Experiencias de bachillerato a distancia

Tutoring at B@Unam. Examples of Cases Succesful in Retaining Students Who Were at Risk of Desertion


Carolina Carrión Mejía

Bachillerato a Distancia B@UNAM
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
carolina.carrion.mejia@gmail.com


Gabriela Romero Thomé

Bachillerato a Distancia B@UNAM
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
gabriela_romero@cuaed.unam.mx


Dulce Yunue Sánchez Iniestra

Bachillerato a Distancia B@UNAM
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
dulceyunue@gmail.com

Abstract

A prospective student of the Bachillerato a Distancia de la UNAM (B@UNAM) has to go through three preparatory courses: Distance Learning Strategies, Reading and Writing, and Mathematics. Once the student has passed the courses, he must complete a study plan consisting of 24 subjects. Both in the preparatory courses and in the afore mentioned subjects, three important figures are paying close attention to the student: the advisor, who is the expert in terms of content; the tutor, who helps the student to design strategies in order to facilitate the succesful completion of his studies; and the academic and operative coordinator, who, in a generalized maner, helps the tutor and advisor with the design and application of academic strategies.
This article will focus on the tutor, and on the importance of academic follow-up assesment for the duration of the Online High School Program. We will mention the stages that an aspiring tutor has to go through in order to get his certification. Also, the activities and functions he performs during either a preparatory course, or one of the 24 subjects. And, finally, through two examples, we will describe the process of tutoring at B@UNAM, and how this model achieves the retaining of students within the program.

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