- What should I expect from a Drop-in Session?
- What if I’m not coming with queries? What if I just want to work?
- What should I expect of the Quantitative Reasoning Assistants? What are they expecting of me, as a patron?
- Can you help me with my QR writing assignment?
- Do I have to make an appointment?
- Is the QR Centre only offering remedial or tuition services for weak students?
- Can you match me with a QR Assistant who knows about my topic, or who has taken the same class?
- Can a QR Assistant directly answer my queries over the phone or email (via QRC-on-demand)?
- I am unsure about this method that’s described in my QR-assigned reading. Can the QR Centre help? Come to think of it, I have a group presentation that’s coming up as well. Can you give feedback on my presentation?
- Can the QR Centre help me check my answers to an assignment?
- I’m interested in becoming a QR Assistant. How can I do that?
What should I expect from a Drop-in Session?
If you’re coming with queries, come ready to learn through lots of discussion. Bring your notes, and your enthusiasm!
QR Assistants are trained to help you learn, not give you answers. Getting to your question’s answer is only part of what we’re aiming to do in the QRC. We think the journey to that answer’s equally important. Our broader goal is to guide our student patrons with nudging questions, to help clarify and strengthen our patrons’ understanding of various quantitative reasoning concepts.
In order to help QR Assistants help you without confusing you, we strongly suggest you bring along your class notes. Different modules teach certain concepts differently. It would be useful for the QR Assistant to know what/how you have been taught in class, so that s/he can guide you correctly and conveniently.
What if I’m not coming with queries? What if I just want to work?
Come then, too! Understand, though, that QRAs may ask you for your thoughts regarding other patrons’ discussions, from time to time. This is what makes the Drop-in, a drop-in. Don’t worry, though. We try to strike a reasonable balance when we encourage discussion. You won’t be talking the entire time! You’ll still be able to get work done.
What should I expect of the Quantitative Reasoning Assistants? What are they expecting of me, as a patron?
Glad you asked. We think it’s important to clearly spell out our expectations, for ourselves and for you. We have an entire page dedicated to this very question.
Can you help me with my QR writing assignment?
Yes, we can! Just bring your essay and we can help you check the rigour of your quantitative analysis, as well as general flow, grammar and prose. However, after visiting us, we encourage you to also visit the Writing Centre where you can get help on the argumentative aspects of your essay.
Do I have to make an appointment?
No, you don’t have to. Just drop in any time during our operating hours. If you’re not able to visit us then, just send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment with us via QRC-on-demand.
Is the QR Centre only offering remedial or tuition services for weak students?
No, not only that. The QR Centre aims to foster a positive environment for QR-related discussion in the USP. While our QR Assistants do focus on clarifying concepts with students who need help, they are also ready to engage students in broader discussions on QR.
Can you match me with a QR Assistant who knows about my topic, or who has taken the same class?
Our QRAs know quite a lot (if we do say so ourselves) and we have been trained to help with most queries that come in, regardless of whether the QRA has taken the same QR module that you’re taking now. And that’s because QRF modules are centred around the same learning outcomes and similar syllabus outlines. If, after visiting us, you find that you still have doubts, you can always seek further clarification from your professor. Oftentimes, even if your question isn’t completely answered after meeting with us, you will likely find that you have a clearer idea of what it is you don’t know, and that will help you have a more fruitful session when you meet with your professor subsequently.
Can a QR Assistant answer my queries over the phone or email (via QRC-on-demand)?
We find that it’s more useful to clarify concepts in person, rather than in writing or via phone. Any queries that come in via QRC-on-demand at email@example.com will be answered during the subsequent face-to-face appointment.
I am unsure about this method that’s described in my QR-assigned reading. Can the QR Centre help? Come to think of it, I have a group presentation that’s coming up as well. Can you give me feedback?
Yes, and yes. We can help clarify your doubts if you’re unclear about any quantitative methods that are described in your assigned readings for your QR modules. If you have a group project that you need to present on, you can also drop by the Centre (or book an appointment via QRC-on-demand) to rehearse your presentation and get immediate feedback from the QRA.
Can the QR Centre help me check my answers to an assignment?
Unfortunately, we are unable to help you directly with assignments, especially checking your answers for assignments that are to be submitted for a grade, as doing so might constitute an academic integrity violation. However, we can help you in many other ways, such as clarifying any QR concepts (such as operationalisation) that you’re unclear about or how to use QR tools such as regression, etc.
I’m interested in becoming a QR Assistant. How can I do that?
We hire 3-7 people, once an academic year. You should keep an eye out for our hiring call, which comes around March or April every year. The call will specify what you need to submit in order to enter the candidate pool.