6. Fills a Gap in Tutor Training
Both tutors and coordinators felt that this tool provided training in
an area where more support is needed.
7. Gives a New Lease on Life
For pairs who had been working together for a while, this tool gave
them fresh motivation and renewed interest in setting new goals.
8. Provides for a Range of Learning Styles
The use of prompt cards acknowledged and allowed for the learning
styles of kinesthetic learners. Moreover, the tool integrates the
affective component with the cognitive component of learning, i.e. how
students feel about their learning.
These were the most frequently cited negative
comments about the Progress Profile (see Table 5 for a
1 Uses Too Much Paper
All coordinators and many tutoring pairs felt that the Progress
Profile requires too much paper i.e. handouts to explain the
process, and sheets to respond to the questions.
2. Progress Review was Difficult to Understand
Most of the negatives comments about this kit were received on the
Progress Review part of the process. Some found the shading in of "goals
achieved" difficult to do. Others were somewhat confused about
how to proceed at this point.
3. Increases Tutor Training Time
There was a recognition that while this was a valuable addition to
tutor training it does increase the overall length of time required
for basic training. Coordinators grappled with how to add this
component without making training too demanding on volunteers.
4. Increases Amount of Material to Learn
A related comment was that some tutors found it difficult to absorb
the extra information about the Progress Profile during their
regular tutor training.