Jim: Keep in mind that assertiveness isn't aggressiveness. I think the tutor can
say also most anything if they word it in a question form to get their point
across. For example, "have you read that section in the text?" "whay exactly is
it you don't understand? if you could explain that in more detail I can better
help you.", etc.Barb

Jim Bell wrote:

> The philosophical basis for peer tutoring is that the student-tutee and
> student-tutor are peers (see Bruffee). Thus requiring tutors to be assertive
> runs somewhat against the fundamentals of the method. Similarly, when I
> asked my tutors what role they played, they said "Friend." Again, while
> being assertive with friends is certainly possible, tutors may feel it moves
> them away from their preferred "friend" role and toward the unwanted
> "teacher" role (read: authority figure). Assertiveness training for tutors
> is an intriguing idea, but it would have to be thorough to work.
> Jim Bell
> Coordinator, Learning Skills Centre
> University of Northern BC
> 3333 University Way
> Prince George, BC  V2N 4Z9
> Phone: 250-960-6365
> Fax: 250-960-6330
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of June Haynes
> > Sent: Monday, March 20, 2000 9:38 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> >
> >
> > Our two year community college has a culturally diverse student body of
> > which approximately 82% are first generation college students.  We are
> > also aeconomiclly deprived rural area.  Many of our students need
> > academic support on campus but are not seeking it.  How do I reach these
> > students.  Also, many of my tutors don't have a clear understanding of
> > how to be assertive in connecting with the students that do utilize our
> > tutoring and computer lab. n Please offer suggestions that I might use
> > in my next tutor training and our daily activities.
> > Thank you,
> > June ,
> > EOSC
> >

Barbara M. Stout
Supplemental Instructional Specialist
Learning Skills Center
The University of Pittsburgh
311 Wm. Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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