Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tutor Tip #1 - Facilitating Learner-to-Tutor Transformation

How we approach learners impacts how much they learn. Meaning, if we ask learners, “Did you get the right answer?” We get an answer of yes or no. No learning occurs.

If instead, we say: “Teach me what you just learned.” Learning takes on meaning, and misunderstandings can now be reviewed, renegotiated, and rectified.

As tutors, we know that we can’t truly teach something well if we don’t understand what we are teaching. The same theory holds true for our learners. Until they know the concept or task well enough to explain it to someone else, then they haven’t truly learned it.

So, let them teach you. 

When you are comfortable that they understand, then please notice when another learner needs to learn the same concept or task. Let the knowledgeable learner do the teaching. Feel free to hover nearby – for (moral) support – but let the learner do the teaching.

Herein lies power – this simple moment in time then adds to the learner’s feelings of self-esteem and empowerment!!! And, you were the one to facilitate this transfer of power. Bravo!

Monday, March 9, 2015

May 2015 Tutor Training Workshop

Literacy Action Center 

Volunteer/Tutor Training Workshop*
(You must attend both Saturdays to complete this training.)

May 9, 2015 (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
   + May 23, 2015 (9:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
   Place: 3595 S Main Street, Salt Lake City UT
 Closing Date: May 2, 2015

Registration is required. We currently accept registration delivered by mail, email (, or in person at our office. The cost of this training is $35 for anyone who tutors through our program. (This training is $100 for anyone tutoring for some other program or on his or her own.) Regardless of your tax situation, no part of this training fee is tax-deductible. The entire amount goes towards this training. This training fee entitles you to tutor training, training materials, tutor talks, staff support if you're volunteering with us, and a one-year membership. (Some scholarship funds may be available--please call us (801/265-9081) for more information.)

Next Tutor Talk

We are meeting again for ongoing professional development on Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 10AM-12noon.