Pass the Torch - Frequently Asked Questions

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Read the following information to learn more about the requirements and responsibilities for students who participate in the Foothill College Pass the Torch Program. All students who participate in the program work hard and are expected to be responsible, have integrity, meet deadlines and plan accordingly. Once selected to participate in the program, your academic progress is monitored. Failure to meet the program obligations outlined below will result in removal from the program.

There are two types of students -Leaders and Members- who participate in the innovative Pass the Torch peer-study program:

  • The Leader is the student who has completed one of Pass the Torch's core courses at Foothill, and who has also earn an A grade in the core course and/or has been recommended by the core course instructor; and
  • The Member is the student who is currently enrolled in a Pass The Torch core class at Foothill College, and who is willing to work hard and maximize peer study resources to earn a grade of C or better in that core course.
What are Pass the Torch study teams?

Study teams are comprised of two students: one student is the Leader and the other student is the Member. The two-person team is matched by Pass the Torch staff. The team meets for the entire quarter and works together in the specific subject in which the member is enrolled. Pass the Torch staff may offer assistance to working teams.

Which core courses are supported by the Pass the Torch Program?

Currently, Foothill College courses that are supported by the Pass the Torch peer-study program include:

ENGL 1A
ENGL 1B
ENGL 110
ENGL 209
ENGL 250A/B
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
ESLL 25
ESLL 26
ESLL 236/237*
MATH 1A
MATH 10
MATH 48A/B/C
MATH 49
MATH 105
MATH 217
MATH 220/221*
MATH 230/231*
*concurrent enrollment required.
Members

What are the benefits of being in a Pass the Torch Study Team?
Members earn one unit of credit by attending the weekly one-hour mandatory member training class during their first quarter as Pass the Torch participants. The member will receive a letter grade, which will be determined by your attendance and class assignments covering the materials from the book College Study (The Essential Ingredients). Throughout the course, students learn how to develop, use and assess effective learning strategies with the goal of developing a personal system of study. Topics include learning behaviors, attitudes and styles; goal-setting and self-monitoring; time management and concentration; lecture and textbook note taking; test preparation and test taking; and general strategies for learning, remembering and completion of Member/Instructor conference and Member/Counselor conference. Member training course is required only during member's first quarter participation in Pass the Torch.

If you are a member, you're required to:

  • Be enroll in one of the core Math, English and/or ESLL courses;
  • Since this is a Late-add course the instructor will enroll you in the one-unit CNSL 51: Learning Strategies for College Students course, once you are enrolled it is your responsibility to pay for the unit fee and to Drop or take a Withdrawal if you decide to discontinue in the program.
  • Attend all meetings of the mandatory Member Training classes CNSL51.
  • Complete a mandatory total of three hours per week of the following:
    • one hour of member training and
    • two hours of team meetings.
How much does the one-unit course cost?

California residents pay $31 per unit to the registrar for CNSL 51. Out-of-state and foreign students pay $144 per unit. Fees are subject to change.

Orientation Schedule
  • Members must attend an orientation prior to the deadline, the end of the fourth week.
    • CNSL 51 classes start the fifth week.
  • You must be registered and have paid your fees for your Math, English/ESLL courses before you will be permitted to attend an orientation.
  • As a Member, you must have earned a grade of C or better in the prerequisite of the core course for which you are enrolling.
Review the schedule below.
Orientation Schedule
You will need to set aside one hour for an orientation.
Time/Day Monday Tuesday Thursday
8-8:50 am
9-9:50 am Orientation Orientation Orientation
10-10:50 am Orientation Orientation Orientation
11-11:50 am Orientation Orientation Orientation
12-12:50 pm
2-2:50 pm By appointment only By appointment only By appointment only

To schedule an appointment select a date and time, leave that information with the Pass The Torch Coordinator of Outreach & Team Development at (650) 949-7358 along with your phone number and he or a staff member will confirm your orientation.

What do I bring to the orientation?
  • Pen, pencil, highlighter and paper.
  • Bring a hard copy of your class schedule.
  • Also, if you do not have a campus parking permit, be certain to also bring $3 to purchase a day-use parking permit. Purchase permit from dispensers in any student lot.
    • A permit is required at all times and citations are issued.
What questions will be answered at orientation?

In addition to meeting program staff, you can expect answers to questions such as the following at the one-hour orientation session:

  • Your role and responsibilities as a program participant;
  • Explanation of student success benefits that result from one-to-one study team approach to learning;
  • Descriptions of the different core courses supported by the program;
  • Explanation of procedures and monitoring process;
  • Quarterly calendar;
  • Items that require you to follow up in weekly team meetings and member training course (CNSL 51).
  • Brief history of the program.
How do I enroll in the CNSL 51 courses?

Instructors will register members who attend the scheduled Member Training class beginning the 5th week of the quarter. Member Training Class hours are posted in Pass the Torch (Tutorial Center #3526) and online (see below).

Select one and circle it on your Weekly Schedule Form. The instructor's green sheet which will be given to you at your first Member Training class it will explain the assignments that need to be completed to receive a passing grade in the CNSL 51 class. It is the New Members responsibility to begin attending CNSL 51 Member Training class during the fifth week of the quarter on the day they selected, Some Members may be matched into a study team at that time or still in the process of waiting to be matched. Both must attend mandatory training to continue in the program.

Weekly Member Training Class Hours
Class Begins the 5th Week of the Quarter
Leticia Delgado: Member Training Class Instructor
Monday 12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Room #6507
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Room #6507
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Room #6507

LEADERS

Benefits of being a Leader include:
The Leader must complete the mandatory one-unit leader-training course with the subject coordinator/instructor (see training schedule). The Leader will reserve a total of three hours per week to participate in the Pass the Torch Program. The leader is paid a stipend for each hour he/she meets in a study team.

Leaders Hourly Stipend: As long as the Leader remains in good standing with the program and meets all requirements spelled out in the contract and code of conduct:

  • The Leader will receive $9.00 per hour for the first two quarters; $10.00 per hour for the third quarter.
  • Each week, the Leader must log two hours with the study team.
  • The leader is paid only for the time that he/she meets with the Member and for which both complete and sign the Time Card;
    • Check-in leaders earn an additional $10 for every three check-in slips signed by their designated training instructor; slips must be turned into Pass the Torch staff.
  • A total of three hours a week is required
    • Additional hours are acceptable as long as a total of 22 hours are not exceeded.
  • If the Leader's stipend exceeds $600, he/she is required to complete tax forms for that year as specified by the United States Internal Revenue Service.
If you are a Leader, you're required to:
  • Have earned an A grade in core Math, English and/or ESLL courses; or have received a recommendation from your instructor
  • Attend the Leader's Introductory Meeting which meets the first week each quarter
  • Enroll in and attend the mandatory weekly one-unit Pass the Torch Leader Training class
    • English/ESLL classes are LA 111A for new Leaders and LA 111B for second time Leaders
    • Math classes are PSE 111A for new Leaders and PSE 111B for second time Leaders
  • Complete a mandatory total of three hours per week of the following:
    • one hour of leader training and
    • two hours of team meetings.
How much does the one-unit course cost?

California residents pay $31 per unit to the registrar for PSE 111A/B and LA 111A/B. Out-of-state and foreign students pay $144 per unit. Fees are subject to change.

Orientation Schedule
  • New Leaders must attend a one-hour orientation during the first week of school before they can be matched.
  • Review the schedule below.
Time/Day Monday Tuesday Thursday
8-8:50 am
9-9:50 am Orientation Orientation Orientation
10-10:50 am Orientation Orientation Orientation
11-11:50 am Orientation Orientation Orientation
12-12:50 pm
2-2:50 pm By appointment only By appointment only By appointment only

To schedule an appointment select a date and time, leave that information with the Pass The Torch Coordinator of Outreach & Team Development at (650) 949-7358 or (650) 949-7687 along with your phone number and he or a staff member will confirm your orientation.

What do I bring to the orientation?
  • Pen, pencil, highlighter and paper.
  • Bring a hard copy of your class schedule.
  • Also, if you do not have a campus parking permit, be certain to also bring $3 to purchase a day-use parking permit. Purchase permit from dispensers in any student lot.
    • A permit is required at all times and citations are issued.
What questions will be answered at orientation?

In addition to meeting program staff, you can expect answers to questions such as the following at the one-hour orientation session:

  • Your role and responsibilities as a program participant
  • Explanation of student success benefits that result from one-to-one study team approach to learning
  • Descriptions of the different core courses supported by the program
  • Explanation of procedures and monitoring process
  • Stipend disbursement process and calendar
  • Items that require you to follow up in weekly team meetings, and Leader training course (LA 111A/PSE 111A)
  • Brief history of the program.
One unit of Math or English/ESLL credit for Leaders

Course hours are posted in Pass the Torch Office, which is located in the Tutorial Center (Room 5912) and online. You must select one and circle it on your Weekly Schedule Form. It is critical that Leaders attend training, even if they are not yet matched in a study team. Training for continuing Leader begins the second week of the quarter.

How do I enroll in the LA 111A or PSE 111A Leader-Training course?

The Pass the Torch staff will provide the new and continuing Leaders with an add-code to be used to complete the registration process for the LA 111A/B or PSE 111A/B course. Use the add-code to register and pay related fees online at MyPortal.fhda.edu or in person at the Admissions & Records Office. Fees are due when you register. Add-codes are only valid until the end of the second week of the quarter.

New Leader Introduction class for Math & English/ESLL
All New Leaders must attend one of the following times.
First Week of Fall Quarter 2014
Wednesday, Sept 24 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Room #3308
Friday, Sept 26 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Room #3308

Leader Training Class Schedules
Starts 2nd week of the Quarter
Nicole Gray: Mathematics Coordinator - PSE 111A/B
Tuesday 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Room #4302
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Room #4302
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Room #4302

Leader Training Class Schedules
Starts 2nd week of the Quarter
Natalia Menendez: English/ESLL Coordinator - LA 111A/B
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Room #6501
Thursday 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 9.m. Room #6505
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Room #6409

STUDY-TEAMS FAQ

How does the matching process work?
Upon completion of orientation, the Coordinator of Outreach and Team Development will give you a Weekly Schedule Form to fill out along with your leader or member contract.

  1. Circle the Leader training class you will be attending if you have not completed training.
  2. Write in your scheduled classes in the boxes on the days and times that you have class.
  3. Put an X in the boxes on the days and times that you are not available to meet.
  4. Only the blank spaces in your schedule will be used for matching you in a study team. Leave your Weekly Schedule Form along with your leader or member contract with the Pass the Torch staff.
How will I know that I've been matched in a study team? A Pass the Torch staff member will contact you by both telephone and via e-mail.
  1. Come to the Tutorial Center (Room 5912).
  2. Pick up your matching envelope from the matching board with your name on it.
  3. Read the documents in the matching envelope.
  4. Next, call or e-mail your study partner and confirm your team's first meeting as soon as possible, teams begin meeting the second week of the quarter.
Where are the matching boards?

The Math and English/ESLL Matching Boards are the cork-covered board on the left as you pass the Pass the Torch reception table.

What is in the matching envelope?

The matching envelope lists your name in red ink if you are in a Math Study Team or blue ink if you are in an English/ESLL Study Team. It contains your study team partner information, with the date and time of your first study team meeting. Read this document carefully. Next, call or e-mail your study partner and confirm your team's first meeting as soon as possible. Teams begin meeting the second week of the quarter.

Team Meeting Policy

Your team is required to meet twice a week. If a meeting has been missed, it may be made up later during the week or during the following week. Your team is only allowed to meet an additional two hours for extra help, bringing the total meeting hours to 22 for the entire quarter.

Getting Started: What to expect at the first study team meeting.

Log-in at the Pass the Torch reception counter computer area in the Tutorial Center.
After greeting your study team partner:

  1. Go to a Pass the Torch staff member and inform him/her that this is your first team meeting.
  2. The Coordinator of Outreach and Team Development will go over your team folder and will explain how to complete your team folder properly along with other important paper work.
  3. Always have access to your study team partner's telephone number or e-mail address, which can be found in the matched information envelope. It is your responsibility to promptly contact him/her the day before if you cannot meet, failure to do so will result in a "No Show".
  4. Complete your Getting Acquainted Ice Breaker and Working on Members Instructor's Greensheet, (instructor's syllabus) as well as the Code of Conduct. Review these important documents together in your study team. Both the leader and the member must sign the documents and leave them in the team folder. Be certain to write important dates-deadlines, tests, holidays, etc... - on your Quarterly Calendar located on the left side of your open folder.
  5. If the Member has any homework, use the rest of the team meeting time to work on it. Also, complete the Study Team Time-Card before leaving. It is critical that the time-card is filled out and initialed by both the Leader and Member for each hour that the team meets. It will be used to calculate the Leader's stipend at the end of the quarter. If the time-card is not initialed by both it will not be processed.
  6. Leave your folder in the file container labeled "Drop Folders After Meeting Here" on the counter next to the administrative staff. All study team time-cards are processed daily. When you return for your next study team meeting, the folder will now be filed in numerical order, odd for Math and even for English/ESLL (team number) and placed in the file area container labeled for Math and English/ESLL.
  7. Congratulations! You're now part of a Pass the Torch study team. If you have questions, ask a staff member.
STUDY-TEAM ISSUES

I'm having trouble contacting my study team partner. What do I do?
It is your responsibility to attend your scheduled team meeting date in the Pass the Torch room. When you arrive, call out the name of your matched partner. Extend the courtesy of waiting 15 minutes for your partner. If, after 15 minutes, your partner fails to show, fill out a "No-Show Slip" and let the staff know that your partner did not show for your agreed-upon scheduled team meeting. Submit the "No-Show Slip" to a program staff. The staff will follow up directly with No-Show students, and will rematch you if there is a problem.

No-Show Policy

After you are matched and if your study team partner does not show up to the assigned team meeting, complete a "No-Show Slip " and put it in your folder. The staff will contact the student and notify instructors. If either the Leader or Member misses two consecutive meetings without notifying their partner and fails to reschedule missed meetings, the student will be dropped from their study team for the remainder of the quarter. Recurrent No-Shows may affect future participation in the program.

I've been matched but my schedule has since changed. Now what?

If you or your study team partner is no longer available due to schedule changes or other conflicts, you are encouraged to work together to schedule alternate times that will work for both of you. If this is not possible, contact the Coordinator of Outreach and Team Development to request a rematch. Be aware that depending on the availability of Leaders rematching is not guaranteed.

Pass the Torch is now located in the Temporary Village Room #5912 (in Parking Lot 5)
 

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