Oakton Community College Tutor Training Development

In developing annual tutor training with her colleagues, Alma sought out different resources and even non-academic approaches for inspiration. Many tutors in attendance would have had multiple years of training, so adding some variety to the training repertoire would be worthwhile.

Tutors must build a rapport and constantly read the comprehension level of those they’re working with. Comics must, similarly, know and adapt to their audiences while maintaining a quality of performance. Why not apply some advice from stand-up-comedians to tutoring situations?

Some topics may include:

  • Tutors thinking of themselves as performers
  • Adapting to their students needs overall and day-to-day
  • Ensuring that the student has a positive and effective tutoring session
  • Knowing your tutoring style and preparing accordingly
  • Building a repertoire of tips and tricks
  • Looking at resources to expand tutoring style
  • Observing other tutors and listening to their experiences

Guided by the book: My Freshman Year by Rebekah Nathan (Dr. Cathy Small), tutors deal with student behaviors in a more active and engaging way.

Some topics may include:

  • Keeping the student from managing the tutor, but encouraging them to manage the tutoring session
  • Removing the ambiguity from assignments and concepts
  • Utilizing outside examples, drawing on daily life
  • Transferring skills from the classroom to life
  • Transferring life skills back to the classroom
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