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Presenters: Jennifer Finstrom Matthew Fledderjohann

After the Writing Center: Tutor Alumni as a Bridge between Past and Future

Morgan Haner

Lisa Lenoir

ABSTRACT
Inspired by the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project (PWTARP), the Research Team for the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) is exploring the effects of peer tutoring practices on post-employment. This workshop will engage participants in reflecting on the ways that the tutor experience influences vocational, personal, and academic development.

WHAT IS PWTARP?
What it is as originally created
Purpose Methods
Design Rationale

What it is for us
Purpose Methods
Design Rationale

SMALL GROUPS
Please take about 5 minutes to individually complete a portion of our PWTARP survey. Then, take about 10 minutes to share and reflect on your responses with your group. We will then reconvene in a large group to discuss each groups responses; weve allotted 10 minutes per group.

Below are the groups: Written Communication Skills Oral Communication Skills Listening Skills Collaborative Skills Interpersonal Skills

GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


Through working on this survey, what insights did you gain about your role as a peer writing tutor? How do these compare to your group members? How can you account for any dif ferences? Considering your own and your groups responses to these questions, what about the responses we received is surprising?

In what ways, if any, will your reflection on this information af fect your view of your role within your program (as a tutor, an administrator, etc.)?

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Summary of responses to the short answer question: In what other specific ways did your experience as a peer writing tutor at DePaul influence your written communication skills? Develop writing skills
Create an argument Revise for clarity Improve grammar

Respond to another persons writing

ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS

ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS


Summary of responses to the short answer question: In what other specific ways did your experience as a peer writing tutor at DePaul influence your oral communication skills? Develop public speaking Use wait time Be an active listener Developed vocabulary about the writing process Use concrete examples, visual cues, and images Be precise in word choice; avoiding idiomatic expression Speak slowly and clearly Repeat back from the writer said Ask good questions

LISTENING SKILLS

LISTENING COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Summary of responses to the short answer question: In what other specific ways did your experience as a peer writing tutor at DePaul influence your listening skills?

Realize the importance patience, focus, attention Be introduced to the way that others write Develop ability to process information that is presented orally

COLLABORATIVE SKILLS

COLLABORATIVE SKILLS

Summary of responses to the short answer question: In what other specific ways did your experience as a peer writing tutor at DePaul influence your collaborative skills?

Realize the importance of patience, empathy, reflection, and diplomacy Become more confident

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Summary of responses to the short answer question: In what other specific ways did your experience as a peer writing tutor at DePaul influence your interpersonal skills?

Become more thoughtful Become more empathetic Become more considerate of tone of voice