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April 6th, 2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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I've been tasked with coming up with an idea for an activity to stick with incoming community college students, so that they know that the college offers free math, science and writing tutoring to all students. The issue arises with the fact that I can't think of anything!

The criteria are thus:

-I want to help the students make some item or do some puzzle that has the details and hours of the center on it; I don't want some simple piece of paper that will go in a folder, never to be seen again.
-It needs to be easy to physically do, but somewhat mentally challenging
-I need it to be cheap
-I would like to showcase the tutors' abilities to help when students are stuck, things like difficult directions, or contradictions

Thank you for your assistance, I very much appreciate it!

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April 6th, 2017, 12:52 PM   #2
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So when you go into a departments store looking for men's socks, and you find the store directory, you'd want to have to solve a puzzle? You'd leave and find another store where they communicate clearly and directly the information you want.
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April 6th, 2017, 12:56 PM   #3
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...so that they know that the college offers free math, science and writing tutoring to all students.

-I want to help the students make some item or do some puzzle that has the details and hours of the center on it;
Perhaps someone else can understand the above;
I tried but miserably failed...
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April 7th, 2017, 01:43 PM   #4
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Ahhh, I see the issue.

Okay, so think of it this way, you're going through a quick college orientation, passing by tables from registration to financial aid, you get a ton of information that you need to remember. What I want is something fun, like a puzzle, to be available at the table to stick with the students, that wont be lost, almost like a reminder that will be kept that the tutoring center is an option.

I think of it like a stress ball, you're mad at a math problem and start squeezing it and see the words "math tutoring center" sticking out at you, and bam, you remember that the center exists, and get help.

Make sense, or am I still not explaining it well?
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April 7th, 2017, 01:47 PM   #5
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Ahhh, I see the issue.

Okay, so think of it this way, you're going through a quick college orientation, passing by tables from registration to financial aid, you get a ton of information that you need to remember. What I want is something fun, like a puzzle, to be available at the table to stick with the students, that wont be lost, almost like a reminder that will be kept that the tutoring center is an option.

I think of it like a stress ball, you're mad at a math problem and start squeezing it and see the words "math tutoring center" sticking out at you, and bam, you remember that the center exists, and get help.

Make sense, or am I still not explaining it well?
Who wouldn't toss such a puzzle in the trash without looking at it? Don't your victims have enough to do without having to deal with your bad idea? Imagine that you're on the receiving end of a big stack of literature. I can't understand what you're thinking.
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April 7th, 2017, 01:53 PM   #6
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April 7th, 2017, 02:03 PM   #7
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Don't your victims have enough to do without having to deal with your bad idea?... I can't understand what you're thinking.
Somebody recently suggested that a question I asked was "less than congenial"... If you don't understand, you might be better just to say so without the preamble.

The guy is presumably planning a stall at some sort of fresher's/freshman's fair and wants an idea that will make the tutoring service stand out from the crowd and/or stick in the memory.

I think the stress ball sounds like a better idea than the puzzle. Your target audience is probably not the people who would attempt a puzzle for fun, but those who wouldn't. You should be aiming for something that people won't throw away either because it's fun or because it's useful. Mug? Kitchen utensil? Pencil case? Notepad? Consider putting the information on the inside so that the outside can look better and make the thing more attractive to use.
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Somebody recently suggested that a question I asked was "less than congenial"... If you don't understand, you might be better just to say so without the preamble.
You are right. I'm being uncharitable to the OP. I disagree that his idea is beneficial to its intended audience. But I have no skin in the game. OP should make a puzzle, hand it out, see if the recipients work on the puzzle and show up at the tutoring center. Get some hard data, crunch the numbers.

In fact why not give half the people a puzzle, and half the people the straightforward facts, and see if there's a difference between each group in terms of who shows up at the tutoring center. Science!

But wait I see another problem. The people most in need of tutoring are exactly the ones who can't and won't solve puzzles.

So if I may do so politely and with the utmost civility and respect, I do really think OP's idea is not helpful to the people OP is trying to help. That's my opinion, worth what you paid for it.
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