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ERIC Number: ED172223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Tutor as Coach, Commentator, and Counselor.
Harris, Muriel
While tutoring on a one-to-one basis is not in and of itself a magic way to teach, it can realize many potential benefits. The tutor must learn to operate effectively in at least three roles: as coach, as commentator, and as counselor. As a coach, a tutor is a trainer, an encouraging helper who tells learners what they need to know in order to become more skilled. Also, the tutor as coach remains on the sidelines diagnosing what is not working effectively, what is going wrong, and how to improve, while not doing the work for the learner. The tutor/coach needs two sets of strategies: strategies for helping students learn what they could not learn from the textbooks and strategies for remaining silent at times. As a commentator, the tutor evaluates the whole situation and gives a larger perspective to the student. As a counselor, the tutor must consider the student as a whole person, offer advice, be aware of outside interference that may be hindering the learning process, search for ways to establish a successful working relationship, start at the learners' stage of development, and look for clues as to sources of error beyond the surface manifestation of what is on the page. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 5-7, 1979) ; Best copy available