ERIC Number: ED210624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Structuring an Adult Learning Environment. Part II: Teaching Versus Tutoring the Support Services.
Frankel, Alan D.
The college tutor's job is often one of clarifying and reinterpreting material already presented. It is important to highlight the point that the tutor is not teaching--teaching has already taken place. Rather, the tutor is addressing a singular need and is clarifying and rephrasing for the student, which is a talent separate and distinct from teaching. The tutor cannot give work outside of the hour conference unless the student is committed enough to assume extra responsibility. For this reason, the tutor should meet weekly with academic advisors and instructional staff. Here, the tutor may provide the teacher with a better route to reach the student, who often views the tutor in a more positive light than the teacher. While a teacher must work hard to achieve a student's trust, the tutor has an easier time of gaining a bond of rapport with the student because he or she is seen as being more like the student. Singular needs often cannot be addressed in the classroom by the teacher. For this reason, too, the tutor is needed. What may seem trivial to the student and, therefore, not worthy of being asked within the classroom may now be comfortably brought to light, questioned, and tested. Although the instructor and tutor are seen differently by students, their jobs are complementary and thus more efficiently carried out when they work with each other. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Fall Meeting of the New York College Learning Skills Association (Grossinger, NY, November 1-4, 1981). For related document see ED 199 658.