Objective: Tutors will be able to create a meaningful framework in the course(s) they are tutoring by providing context, applying theories, and using analogies to make diverse concepts understandable to their students.
1. Write what you believe are the goals of social sciences instruction. In what ways is the study of the social sciences different from the physical sciences? From humanities?
2. What might inexperienced students find particularly difficult in social science studies? What techniques might they use to help overcome these difficulties?
3. View video #11, Tutoring Social Sciences, from The Tutor's Guide series.
4. Make a list of concepts from the course you will tutor. What contexts could you provide for these concepts? Can you think of analogies from everyday life that would help students create a framework for these concepts? Which of these concepts may relate to your students' experiences?
5. What kinds of tables/diagrams frequently appear in the literature in your field? How could you describe the processes underlying these diagrams while fostering critical thinking?
6. What terms in your field are potentially confusing? How would you make these terms meaningful? How would you help a student distinguish between terms?
7. What types of tests are given in the course which you tutor (multiple choice, short answer, essay, a combination, etc.)? Which areas receive the most emphasis? What special techniques do you use to prepare for these tests? How could you help students prepare for these exams?
8. How has this unit contributed to your understanding of the strategies that help most in tutoring within your field?
9. Submit your training materials