The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Centre provides a place for students enrolled in the University Scholars Programme (USP) to work on matters related to quantitative reasoning. Similar to the Writing Centre, the QR Centre aims to provide guidance to students in using statistics and data to cement their argument. The QR Centre is especially geared for students currently reading the Quantitative Reasoning Foundation (QRF) module, to provide guidance in understanding key concepts so as to buildup students’ foundational skills in quantitative reasoning.
If you are a USP student in need of help with QRF, the QR Centre invites you to drop in during its operating hours. You will be engaged by fellow USP students, trained as QR Assistants (QRAs). Instead of working on minute problem solving, the Drop-ins focus on higher-level concerns in quantitative reasoning. Why is it that the student does not understand the idea of modelling? Is there an alternative way the student can try to understand the concept? How else can we operationalise a concept?
If you are a USP student that doesn’t need help with QRF, or have already taken QRF–stop by anyway! Patrons are also invited to use the QR Centre to work on any QR-related assignments. The QR Centre aims to serve as an open space for QR-related work, regardless of whether students need help or not.
QRAs engage students either individually or in a group setting. We believe that students can often learn from peer-to-peer discussions. In order to facilitate this, QRA prefer to channel queries into group discussions and then guide patrons’ discussions with questions instead of providing answers.
QRAs do not, and should not be expected to, give direct help on assignments. QRC Drop-ins complement, but do not replace, the relationships students have with their professors.
- To foster a positive environment, beyond remedial help, for the discussion of QR-related matters in the USP community.
- To create an open space where students can come to work on QR-related matters, alongside others who are also working on QR-related matters.
- To render reasonable levels of assistance to students regarding QR-related matters, particularly for QRF modules.
- To place an emphasis on QR concepts and meta-level thinking, by promoting peer-to-peer discussions.