A Training Guide for College Tutors and Peer Educators by Sally A. LipskyA Training Guide for College Tutors and Peer Educators by Sally A. Lipsky

A Training Guide for College Tutors and Peer Educators

bySally A. Lipsky

Paperback | January 3, 2010

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A Training Guide for College Tutors and Peer Educators  presents relevant and research-based methods for successful academic support sessions for tutors and peer educator trainees in an adaptable, user-friendly, and interactive format.


By mirroring appropriate methods for organizing and presenting material in an academic support session, it allows the reader to experience for themselves the practices and strategies they will apply as future tutors and peer educators. Based on solid learning theory, the activities, assessments, examples and features included in this flexible and engaging text simulate recommended peer educator practices and emphasize guiding college students to become active, self-monitoring and independent learners.


While teaching readers the key, research-based elements of quality peer assistance, this first-edition guide also incorporates a comprehensive list of topics represented in certification programs. Peppered with practical examples and interactive problem-solving scenerios that readers can immediately apply in their positions, trainees will learn how to plan for sessions, how to assess students’ learning, how to create collaborative activities, how to integrate college learning strategies, and how to approach common issues faced on the job.


Sally Lipsky’s academic background and work experiences have centered on public education–from elementary to the postsecondary levels. Upon graduation from the University of New Mexico (B.S. elementary education), she began her career as a Title I reading instructor with the Houston (TX) public school district. After earning a M.Ed. i...
Title:A Training Guide for College Tutors and Peer EducatorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9 × 6.8 × 0.5 inPublished:January 3, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 - The Power of Peers: Your Role as a Peer Educator

Opening: Focus Questions

What is a Peer Educator?

Role of a Peer Educator

Activity 1.1: Andragogy and Peer Assistance

Facilitator of Learning

                Peer Educator’s Role and Development of Students

Benefits for You, the Peer Educator

 Activity 1.2: Interviewing

Learning Strategy: Managing Your Time

Activity 1.3: Assess Your Time Management Skills

Strategies for Improving Time Management

Setting Goals

Activity 1.4: Personal Goal


Activity 1.5: Check Your Understanding

Activity 1.6: Elements of Effective Peer-Led Sessions

Suggestions from Experienced Peer Educators

How do you incorporate learning and study strategies?


Chapter 2 - Promoting Active Learning

Opening: Focus Questions

Active Learning

Activity 2.1: Promoting Active Learning

How Learning Occurs

Information Processing Model

Activity 2.2: Information Processing and Learning Strategies

Activity 2.3: Applying the Information Processing Model

Differences in Learning

Visual, Auditory, Tactile/Kinesthetic Preferences

Activity 2.4: Assessing Learning Modalities

Activity 2.5: Analyzing Learning Modalities

Personality Type

Activity 2.6: Assessment

 Description of the Dimensions

                Activity 2.7: Reflecting

Activity 2.8: Learning Preferences and Learning Strategies


Activity 2.9: How do you learn best?

Activity 2.10: Checking for Understanding

Activity 2.11: Applying

Suggestions from Experienced Peer Educators

How do you increase active participation?


Chapter 3 -  Incorporating Critical Thinking and Questioning Skills

Opening: Reading Textbooks

Activity 3.1: Practice Previewing


                Talk Out Loud

                Activity 3.2: Practice Cognitive Process Instruction

                Include Questions

                Activity 3.3: Integrating Questions in Sessions 

                Activity 3.4: Observing

                Include Higher-Level Directives

                Activity 3.5: Directive Words

                Activity 3.6: Critiquing


                Activity 3.7: Analyzing

                Activity 3.8: Elements of Effective Peer-Led Sessions

Suggestions from Experienced Peer Educators

                How do you encourage critical thinking?


Chapter 4 -  Assessing Students’ Learning

Opening: Self-Assessment

Why Assess Students’ Learning?

                Activity 4.1: Reflecting

How to Assess Students’ Learning?

                Beginning of Session

                Activity 4.2: Assessment Example

                Middle of Session

                Activity 4.3: Try it Out

                End of Session

                Activity 4.4: Thinking and Assessing

                What Is and Is Not Adequate Evidence of Learning?

                Activity 4.5: Observation


                Activity 4.6: Practice Summative Assessment

                Learning Strategy: Preparing for Exams

                Activity 4.7: Exam Preparation

                Activity 4.8: Summarizing Important Information

Suggestions from Experienced Peer Educators

                How do you assess students’ understanding?


Chapter 5 —  Collaborative Learning and Group Work

Opening: Predicting

Collaborative Learning

                Activity 5.1: Examples of Collaborative Learning

                Collaborative Learning Guidelines

                Group Configurations

                Activity 5.2: Observing

                Dealing with Common Problems

                Activity 5.3: Responding to Problems

                Planning Sessions

                Activity 5.4: Plan a session


                Learning Strategy: Graphic Organizers

                Activity 5.5: Collaborative Graphic Organizer

                Activity 5.6: Check for Understanding

Suggestions from Experienced Peer Educators

                How do you create collaboration among students?


Chapter 6 - Tutoring as a Proactive Process

Opening: Highlighting and Annotating

                Activity 6.1: Guidelines

                Activity 6.2: Applying


A Proactive Model

                Activity 6.3: Reflection

The Tutoring Cycle

                Step I. Assess the Student’s Needs

                Activity 6.4: Assessing a Student’s Needs

                Step II. Recommend, Demonstrate, and Apply

                Activity 6.5: Try it Out

                Step III. Break Down Content; Evaluate Learning

                Activity 6.6: Tutoring Strategies

                Step IV. Plan for Application

                Activity 6.7: Evaluate Student Responses

                Step V. Follow Up

                Activity 6.8: Tutoring Cycle: Observing and Practicing

Active Listening

                Activity 6.9: Reflecting

                Activity 6.10: Active Listening Strategies

                Activity 6.11: Verbal and Nonverbal Cues

Verbal Communication

                Activity 6.12: Practice Verbal Communication

                Guidelines for Verbal Communication   

                Activity 6.13: Active Listening and Verbal Communication


                Activity 6.14: Follow up— Highlighting and Annotating

Chapter 7 —  Valuing Diversity Among Students

Opening: Listening and Note Taking

                Activity 7.1: Note Taking Strategies

Thinking About Diversity

                Individual Activity 7.2: Reflecting

                Group activity 7.3: Brainstorming

                Group activity 7.4: Creating a Venn Diagram

                Individual activity 7.5: Predicting


Dealing with Differences

                Activity 7.6: Identifying Similarities and Differences

                Guidelines for Peer Leaders

                Activity 7.7: Case Studies

Resources for Referral

                Activity 7.8: Role-playing Scenarios


                Stereotypes and Biases

                Activity 7.9: Different Perspectives


Suggestions from Experienced Peer Educators

                How do you create a welcoming setting?


Chapter 8 — Online Assistance

Opening: Learning Discipline-Specific Terminology

                Procedure for Learning Terminology

                Activity 8.1: Chapter Terms

Adjustments for Online Assistance


        Activity 8.2: Summarize and Apply

                Synchronous vs. Asynchronous

                Activity 8.3: Summarize and Apply (cont’d.).


                Activity 8.4: Summarize and Apply (cont’d.)

                Activity 8.5:  Summarize and Apply (cont’d.)

                Activity 8.6: Critique an Online Dialogue

                Learning and Study Strategies

                Activity 8.7: Summarize and Apply (cont’d.)


                Activity 8.8: Summarize and Apply (cont’d.)



                Activity 8.9: Summative Assessment


Chapter 9 - Effective Peer-Led Sessions: A Summary


                Activity 9.1: Top-ten List

                Self Assessment

                Activity 9.2: Revisiting Your Role in Students’ Development


                Activity 9.3: Self Assessment


Suggestions from Experienced Peer Educators

                What can you do with an empty box?



Editorial Reviews

The text is a great resource for supervisors wanting solid, research-based instruction for training staff members working in one-on-one and group tutoring or course-based situations, such as with Supplemental Instruction. It is designed to be used in a range of training settings, be it a credit-bearing course, workshops, self-paced, or online.  Also, if you are applying for CRLA’s International Tutor Program Certification or certification through NADE’s Course-based Learning Assistance or Tutoring Services, the Instructor’s Manual includes a section with suggestions for how the text materials can relate to certification requirements. --Arden B. Hamer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania