The Role of the Lecturer as Tutor

The Role of the Lecturer as Tutor: Doing What Effective Tutors Do in a Large Lecture Class


by William B. Wood and Kimberly D. Tanner

Most instructors at one point or another in their careers during office hours, in the laboratory setting, or as a tutor have had the luxury of sitting down one-on-one with a student to help him or her learn. For many, the reward of watching the proverbial lightbulb go on over a student’s head was a first, addictive step into a career that involved teaching. Now imagine or for many of us, remember standing in front of 30, 60, 100, 150, 200, 300, 700, or even 1000 students in a traditional college or university lecture setting. Did you sometimes wish you could just sit down and talk with students from your large lecture individually, and then they would finally get it What is similar and different about your instructional choices in a large lecture versus a one-on-one situation To what extent can we translate what is known about effective tutoring to a large lecture setting

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Craig Selinger, CEO of Themba Tutors (serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut), is a NY State licensed speech-language pathologist, executive functioning coach, and learning specialist with over 18 years of experience working professionally with over a thousand families. His expertise includes language-based learning issues, e.g. reading, writing, speaking, and listening, executive functioning, ADHD/ADD, and learning disabilities. Check out his interviews with top-notch professionals in the field on Spotify.
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