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Communicating Advice

Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice

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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Chapter 11. Building Trust in Tutoring through Effective Interpersonal Communication Becky L. Omdahl


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Becky L. Omdahl

Abigail has confidence in her overall ability as a student, but “derails” when she tries to work the assigned college algebra problems. She knows her campus has a Math Tutoring Center. She’s willing to try it, but she’s anxious: What if the tutor finds out she’s three weeks behind on her homework? What if the tutor asks her to work problems that she doesn’t even understand?

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