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Tutoring and Mentoring Program
Updated Aug. 18, 2009
Those who are interested in becoming a CATS tutor or mentor need to apply
on-line at www.uky.edu/HR/UKjobs/.
After choosing “Search Postings,” applicants should select “CATS Tutor” as
the job title and “Any” for all other categories. Job applications and background
checks must be completed before submitting an I-9 to work at CATS. For more
information regarding this job position, please call Rita Griffith at 257-0185
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Academic and Tutorial Services’ tutoring program is available
for all student-athletes. Tutors are drawn from the University and the community.
Tutors include instructors, graduate students and undergraduates from UK as
well as qualified teachers and professionals from the community.
The Center provides the appropriate atmosphere for tutoring. Twenty-four
tutoring rooms are available for students and tutors. While working together,
tutors and student-athletes have a quiet area in which to discuss important
concepts related to specific coursework.
CATS is open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8:00
a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Student-athletes may make arrangements to use the facility during non-work
The mentoring program at CATS provides one-on-one instruction for student-athletes
who need assistance with time management and study skills. Adult mentors
meet on a weekly basis with students who are not meeting their academic goals.
The basic responsibilities of the mentors are to dissect the syllabi to help
students organize their academic, athletic, and personal responsibilities
and to remediate any deficient study skills. This includes making daily,
weekly, and monthly calendars, which include all class projects, homework,
exams, and papers as well as sports’ travel dates. Records and reports of
any grades and/or professors’ comments that are returned to the student-athletes
are discussed. Mentors communicate, both verbally and in written report form
to the student-athletes’ academic-athletic counselors, important information
related to the students’ academic progress.
Learning Disabilities Program
The Academic Services Counselor at CATS, in conjunction with a psychologist
and the University of Kentucky Disability Resource Center, strives to ensure
that student-athletes with learning disabilities are provided the appropriate
services. Student-athletes with a documented learning disability should contact
the Academic Services Counselor as soon as a letter of intent is signed.
Additionally, CATS has a process in place to identify those who may have
never been diagnosed. An initial battery of tests is offered to incoming
student-athletes. Based on results from these tests, further psychoeducational
testing will be suggested. For those student-athletes who are diagnosed with
a learning disability, the psychologist provides strategies, the Disability
Resource Center provides accommodations, and CATS formulates an individualized
plan to best fits the student-athlete’s learning needs.