Objective: Tutors will have the opportunity to "try out" situations they may encounter with tutees and look at some possible solutions.
1. Read the article Dealing with the Whole Student.
2. Complete the Unit 8 Worksheet.
3. View video #8, The Tutor as Counselor, from The Tutor's Guide series.
4. Answer the following questions:
a. What types of problems might your students have that would affect their academic progress?
b. What could you do about these problems?
c. How can you express empathy with students' academic difficulties without giving them the impression they are incompetent?
d. What types of students do you prefer to tutor? Do you have any concerns about your ability to work with students who don't fit this description? What are some specific things you can do to overcome these concerns?
5. Dicuss the following
a. A situation in which you did or did not feel accepted. If negative, analyze what could have been done by the other person(s) to make you feel more accepted. If positive, analyze what the person(s) did to make you feel accepted.
b. Some confrontational situations you've been in both as the person confronted and as the person confronting. Discuss the effects and whether or not they were positive and constructive.
c. A tutorial situation in which you have difficulty asserting yourself and what you are doing or plan to do about it.
6. Make a list of the personal qualities which are helping or hindering you from being a good tutor. What are you doing to change things?
7. Submit this training unit.