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Communicating Advice

Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice

Edited By Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Eunkyong L. Yook

Although competent peer tutoring depends heavily on knowledge within the particular discipline, there is certainly more to the process than subject knowledge alone. One of the most important components of tutoring in any academic area is effective communication. Research in the area of communication studies is relevant to all areas of tutoring, but is often only a minor component of peer tutoring training. This book brings together tutoring center experts and communication experts to provide research-based advice for training peer and near-peer tutors. With a broad audience in mind, these experts translate research from the fields of communication and pedagogy into advice that can be used for tutoring in any field. Peer tutoring centers or pedagogy courses in any discipline will find this book to be an effective discussion tool for encouraging tutors to consider the importance of how they communicate their advice to students.
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Case 10. Strengthening Tutoring Communities with “They Say / I Say” Lori Walters-Kramer and Bridget Draxler

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CASE 10

STRENGTHENING TUTORING COMMUNITIES WITH “THEY SAY / I SAY”

Lori Walters-Kramer and Bridget Draxler

The authors share a successful idea that helped to build community between written and spoken communication peer tutors when they were placed structurally within one center on campus. They recommend building reciprocity between speaking and writing tutors by co-training the staff using shared materials, in their case “They Say / I Say,” which is equally relevant for spoken as well as written rhetoric.

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