ERIC Number: ED390487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Tutor Training Activities To Improve Student Self-Reliance.
To promote active student learning and improve student self-reliance, the Learning Center at Utah's Salt Lake Community College has designed several innovative training activities for peer tutors. In one activity, which seeks to demonstrate the importance of student feedback, peer tutors sit back to back while one in the role of "tutor" describes how to assemble a puzzle to the "client." In the first stage of the activity, the "client" is not allowed to give any feedback; in the second stage, feedback is limited to verbal responses; and in the third stage, visual and verbal feedback is given. Participants in the activity discuss the relative levels of frustration in each stage and methods used to overcome the communication barriers. In another activity, tutor-client pairs work on a written assignment with, at first, only the client allowed to use a pencil. After 5 minutes, the roles are reversed and participants discuss the control that the person with the pencil has over the pace and content of the session. A final activity involves intensive tutor questioning strategies designed to raise the tutor's level of questions, help them understand the value of questions in the tutoring process to establish the extent of the client's background knowledge, and to see the helpfulness of having clients formulate concepts or overviews of problems. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Salt Lake Community College UT
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (17th, Austin, TX, May 21-24, 1995).