Tutor Training
The Academic Learning Centre (ALC) offers tutor training throughout the year for writing and content tutors. The training is typically offered in a six-hour workshop. Morning sessions draw on the text Master Tutor by Dr. Ross B. MacDonald (Cambridge Stratford Study Skills). The manual is complemented with other resources including tutor training videos and intercultural training resources.

We currently do not have any tutor training sessions scheduled. Please contact our office for more information about tutor training.

Workshop Agenda

9:00 - 10:30am | Tutor Role & Tutor Cycle
This session is designed to help tutors reflect on the goals of tutoring and their roles as tutors. In this workshop, we also examine fundamental tutoring strategies that can help to maximize learning, such as modeling and scaffolding. Special attention is paid to strategies that facilitate learning but are sometimes missed in tutoring.

10:45am - 12:00pm | Academic Integrity
This session focuses on students' rights and responsibilities when it comes to plagiarism and inappropriate collaboration. Tutors will also learn strategies for promoting academic integrity while working with students.

12:00 - 1:00pm | Lunch Break
Consult University of Manitoba Dining Services for locations and hours: umanitoba.campusdish.com

1:00 - 4:00pm | Content Tutoring
Helping students understand and apply concepts is often difficult. This workshop explains the learning process and provides some strategies that tutors can use when working with the students they tutor. In addition, tutors will work through scenarios that allow them to put various tutoring principles into practice. Examples from math and science will be provided.

History of the UM Tutor Training Program

The ALC has been providing tutor training on the UM campus since spring 2004. Tutors from Disability Services, ACCESS programs, Aboriginal Focus Programs, the ALC Writing Tutor Program, ALC Content Tutors, Bison Sport Plus, Campus Life, U1 Mentorship Program have taken part in previous training sessions.

Benefits of Tutor Training

Although tutors often intuitively use effective strategies during their appointments, it is easy to get drawn into focusing on short-term rather than long-term improvement. Moreover, many tutors are not aware of the need to explicitly explain and model learning strategies and may be unaware of specific communication behaviours known to improve student learning. For these reasons, taking part in tutor training can significantly improve the way a tutor thinks and interacts with students. Investing time in tutor training will improve the overall quality of tutoring on campus.

Co-Curricular Record

Students who attend the full day of tutor training (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) will receive a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) for attending. The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official record of university-approved and facilitated activities that support student development in venues that are not for academic credit. The CCR is a stand-alone document that exists separate from the Academic Transcript and provides a clear statement of involvement in activities that support holistic student development. The CCR is managed through the UMCommunityLINK portal, where you are able to view, download, print, and edit your official record. For more information about the CCR, please contact Student Life.

Quotes from Participants

"Learning about metacognition in the math & sciences session was useful. It increased my awareness of thought processes."
"The most useful part of the intercultural session was the video. It was extremely enlightening - I had no idea that writing styles varied so much with culture."