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Grace and Fellow Colleagues,
 
The training variable has subsequently been defined by the California Tutor 
Project
administered by Dr. Ross MacDonald (1994).  It was tested, observed, and
validated at all institutions that were part of the study.  Tutors improved 
their
effectiveness at the skill of tutoring by following the prescribed training 
curriculum
used by all trainers.
 
Dr. MacDonald later wrote The Master Tutor: A Guidebook for Effective 
Tutoring
in 1995 and an updated edition in 2000 with the aid of tutors.  Over 400 
institutions
internationally use it and are listed as "Authorized Users" on our web site 
for
all colleagues to view.  A supplemental pre/post assessment, The TESAT, was
subsequently developed to document, validate, and be used as an observation
tool for controlling the training outcomes of tutors.  Credit bearing 
courses also
have been developed around his curriculum and book to further serve as a
testament to the quality of the effectiveness attained by tutors.  
 
Dr. MacDonald's goal was to train to the desired outcomes of the tutoring 
service 
in clearly measurable and specific ways so anyone could assess whether 
tutors
were performing tutoring effectively.  He did not go so far as to say that, 
in fact,
the only variable in improving students' performance was proper 
research-based
training.  However, many researchers including MacDonald discovered the 
effects
of untrained and poorly trained tutors on student performance.
 
We hope you find this information valuable.
 
Collegially,
 
 
Peter W. Stevens, President
The Cambridge Stratford Study Skills Institute
a division of Cambridge Stratford, Ltd.
8560 Main Street
Williamsville, New York 14221
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