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At LaGuardia, Academic Peer Instruction (API) has been in place for over 18 years. During this time we have demonstrated that students who participate, achieve on the average ½ to one letter grade higher than those who do not.
Tutor training is one of the most essential factors that contribute to a peer tutoring program’s success. We have learned that if tutors are not extensively trained, they will often become “second teachers,” lecturing to their students, rather than coaches or facilitators who encourage their students to become active learners.
This presentation will focus on the “nuts and bolts” of our tutor training program. We will show through actual training syllabi and lesson plans how our training program is designed to mimic what and how we want our peer tutors to design and carry out their own sessions.