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The Many Hats of a Tutor
Transcript of The Many Hats of a Tutor
Applying All Necessary Roles Within a Given Session
1. Recognize and address all the writer's concerns, not just the concerns pertaining to his or her paper.
2. Never underestimate the writer's abilities or understanding based on his or her presented work.
3. Empathize and address any second language barriers and cultural differences.
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By Fatima, Karla and Kamalei
The Many Hats of a Tutor
The motivational tutor who makes educated suggestions based on observations made on the writer's work and encourages the tutee to discover solutions to specific problems.
Tutor Role Scenarios
The third party perspective tutor who offers writers constructive feedback, gathers larger outside issues to incorporate into the paper and assesses the current position of the paper and the ways to move forward.
The friendly tutor who converses with writers to collaboratively discover and elaborate on their thoughts and who asks compelling questions that further broadens writers' perspectives and ideas on a given topic.
The empathetic tutor who is faced with a writer carrying more than just technical concerns. This supportive, sympathetic and suggestive tutor offers struggling writers positive encouragement and an understanding shoulder and directs them to other outside sources to assist any immensely emotional concerns.
The Writing "Expert"
The very credible writing tutor who knows the skill like the back of his or her hand yet is still able to direct writers to other useful sources if there is ever a topic that is unclear or unfamiliar.
The curious tutor who is inexperienced to any writers' given topic and unintentionally facilitates a discussion that allows writers to share their topic to a fresh audience and therefore further increase their levels of expertise.
The sympathetic, encouraging friend who copes with and supports a writer on his or her paper.
Writing Center Theory and Practice Workshop
What have you learned?
Does this information make you feel more at ease with the various tutor hats and understanding when to make certain transitions during a given tutoring session?
Is this knowledge applicable to any tutoring scenarios you've had, both as a tutor and a tutee?