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Hi Chris,
Here is what I sent a while back to the listserv on a similar question:

"I've tried a few workshops over the years, and have found the following to
be successful:

We watched "how to be an effective tutor videos" made by the University
Learning Centre at University of Saskatchewan. I chose a few of the videos
and after each one, I asked the tutors what was good and bad about the
session that was shown.
(http://www.usask.ca/ulc/tutortraining/player.php?sub=on&video=3&control=1)

I invited a campus counselor to talk with the tutors about dealing with
anxious/stressed out students.

I invited an ESL specialist to discuss cross-cultural communication. The
tutors also made "action plans" afterwards to be more effective in the future
with international students. The international tutors were very interactive
for this one.

I invited a Professor from the Education department to teach the tutors the
benefits of using Fathom to enhance concept knowledge.

The tutors made a list of "what not to do" when tutoring, and then turned the
negatives into positives.

The tutors made a list of problem solving strategies that work across
quantitative disciplines; similar to an outline for writing a paper.

I've found that the more guest speakers you can invite, the better, since the
tutors tend to pay more attention, and retain more of the information. It's
also best if the tutors are active participants instead of being lectured at.

Having the tutors shadow each other is also helpful."

In the Fall, I'm going to have the new tutors pair up with a returning tutor
to do mock tutoring sessions using problems from their specialty that the
returning tutors provided. Each returning tutor will be the student, and they
will interact with the new tutor similar to students the returning tutors
have tutored in the past.

I've also attached my updated manual for you.

Best,
Erin


Erin Hill, Ph.D.
Quantitative Skills Center Director
University of Washington Bothell

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:15 AM
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Subject: training resources for peer tutors

I am brand new in my position and have limited resources at the moment. We
have a staff of about ten professional tutors, and I've been asked to add
peer tutoring into the mix. Although this has been done on a limited basis in
the past, I'd like to put something solid into place to add to the ways we
can support our students.



What I am hoping is that someone can share with me some training guidelines
or materials to use with new peer tutors. It is hard to tell what we have, as
I moved into a space filled with most of our resources in boxes, awaiting a
move to a great new space in two weeks.



I would appreciate any suggestions or links.



Thanks,

Chris



Christel Taylor
Coordinator, Academic Resource Center
Mount Mary College
2900 North Menominee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222

414-258-4810, ext. 373
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http://www.mtmary.edu/

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