What are some benefits of a tutorial preparation session?

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Episode 602: Change in velocity Texas State University

Tutorials are hour-long sessions in which small groups of students work collaboratively on a series of questions designed to address a particularly difficult concept. TAs and LAs who assist in tutorials typically meet for a weekly preparation session in which they work through the tutorial themselves. What are some benefits of such a tutorial preparation session?

November 8, 2019

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Sample Discussion Prompts

  1. What do you notice in this episode? Talk to your neighbor about what stood out to you.

  2. Describe what you notice about the group dynamics in this episode. For example, who does the talking? Who asks questions? Who answers questions?

  3. Lars is the course instructor. What do you notice about how he interacts with the others?

  4. Dustin uses the word “it” several times in lines 33-35. What does each “it” refer to?

  5. What are these LAs doing in this episode that is preparing them to teach this particular tutorial? Name at least three things.

  6. What does this episode suggest are some benefits of this kind of preparation session?
    What are some limitations?