Discusion Board Post # 12: Essential Academic Skills within Tutoring Sessions
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After watching these videos and considering the follow-up questions, post your answers to this discussion board thread:
As a student yourself, to what extent have you seen your own instructors (especially within "content courses") address these essential academic skills? There's a growing movement among some faculty that all students would benefit from short lessons on how to critically read the textbook for an economics class or a math class for example. This line of thinking suggests that instructors should take a few minutes to show students how to take effective notes for the particular class or study for exams. Although it will cut in to the time devoted to covering content, students may be more successful with instructors reinforcing these skills. Have you seen this happen in your own classes? Should it happen? Is it someone else's responsibility to teach these skills? There's no right or wrong answer...
As a tutor who is faced with the challenge of addressing immediate, pressing student questions during tutoring sessions, what are the best strategies for "sneaking" in lessons on essential academic skills? How do you overcome a resistant student who only wants you to answer his or her question, but you sense that if the student had better note taking or time management skills, he or she would be more successful?