Why we use group tutoring

The Academic Success Center provides group tutoring to emphasize the value of peer-facilitated learning. Because of its emphasis on student engagement and learning strategies, group tutoring is highly effective. Group tutoring requires tutors to be skilled in facilitation and understanding of the needs and expectations of multiple students. Because group tutoring functions like a team, students share their perspectives and can rely on each other for support.

Group tutoring allows students to share strategies for learning while promoting cooperation and understanding. It provides opportunities for students to share experiences, learn from one another, build self-confidence, and develop study skills. Asking questions, engaging in group discussion, and practicing problems are among the strategies used to encourage participation and learning.

Students' own work, memory, and understanding is validated and reinforced when they are able to help others. Individual attention can still be provided in a small group environment and each student plays an active role in the learning of the group. Students should come with a wiliness to contribute in order to make the most of the experience.

What to expect

 

  • Session are 50 minutes and tutors are instructed to use 10 minutes to prepare for each session.
  • Seats should be arranged in a way that encourages interaction and visibility. Everyone should be heard and seen throughout the session.
  • Session locations should have limited distractions and resources like a whiteboard, room to work, etc.
  • Tutors facilitate the learning process and should limit lecturing or "telling" answers/materials.
  • All questions and responses will be respected. Group tutors and students should provide a comfortable environment for learning.
  • Stress the importance of confidentiality within a tutoring group.
  • Active participation is expected. However, individuals shouldn't dominate participation or discussion. Students should easily interact and even answer each others questions.
  • There should be positive reinforcement for trying and learning from mistakes.
  • Sessions should remain on topic and moving at the appropriate pace for the group's abilities. 
  • Tutors are instructed to ask open-ended, probing questions and should count to ten waiting for responses. Waiting for students to respond allows high level thinking to occur. Rephrase questions if they do not yield comments. Do not always clarify questions with an explanation.
  • Students should provide helpful feedback on what's going well and what could be going better to their tutor.
  • Sessions should wrap up with a conclusion and by having students share what they learned during the session, what they still need clarification on, or what they would like to discuss in the next session.

 

90%
expect grade improvement because of group tutoring
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90%
agree tutoring improves their ability to collaborate with other people
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60%
expect a letter grade improvement or more