The Progress Profile
The response to this tool was an overwhelmingly
positive one with 98% of student-tutor pairs recommending the tool for
use by others. While there was some variation in the perception of
such aspects as the user-friendliness of the tool and its
effectiveness in helping pairs to plan lessons, the majority of
students and tutors found the Progress Profile beneficial to
their program of work.
These were the most frequently cited positive
comments about the Progress Profile (see Table 5 for a
1. Integrates Evaluation with Teaching and
The Progress Profile was seen to be a very holistic tool: goal setting
at the beginning of the process and evaluation at the end of the
process became part of the whole program so that evaluation
was seen as integral to, and not separate from, the entire teaching
and learning process.
2. Provides Structure and Focus
Tutoring pairs found that it provided a useful structure to enable
them to set goals and plan learning sessions. It also helped them to
focus more clearly on the why, what and how of teaching and learning.
3. Is Easy to Use
With the exception of the Progress Review section, the majority of
pairs found the tool easy to administer and use.
4. Helps Students Identify Learning Needs
Many students at the start of their programs have rather general ideas
about what they need or want to learn. For example, they may just say
they want "to write better." This tool helped them to move
beyond generalities and to get more specific about their individual
5. Helps Tutors Feel Less Anxious
One area of anxiety for tutors is determining whether students are
progressing. This tool helped them to feel more confident about
monitoring and assessing student progress. It also helped them
evaluate the effectiveness of their tutoring.