Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice
Edited By Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Eunkyong L. Yook
Chapter 9. Helping Students Conquer Anxiety in the Session Karen Kangas Dwyer
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HELPING STUDENTS CONQUER ANXIETY IN THE SESSION
Karen Kangas Dwyer
When students first come to a peer tutoring center, many bring anxiety with them. Not only are they anxious about giving their first speeches or taking their first exams, but also many are nervous about coming to a peer tutor or consultant for help. Some wonder if they can be helped. Some may experience such an overwhelming anxiety that they will have trouble completing a class without assistance (McCroskey, 2008), while others have previously dropped a course when their instructor encouraged them to get treatment (Proctor, Douglas, Garera-Izquierdo, & Wartman, 1994). Students need to be reassured, however, that they can be helped and that tutors or consultants are trained to offer them assistance. They cannot do their homework or write their speeches, but they can guide them through the many steps and processes to help them be successful in the work required for their classes.
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