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Active Listening PowerPoint for Tutors
"How to Get Your Tutee to Talk More Than You"
What is Active Listening?
Active listening is a valuable skill for tutors to develop. Not only will it allow you to properly diagnose a students’ issues, but it will set an open, judgment-free tone for a tutoring session.
Quick Tips for Active listening:
- Make eye contact;
- Lean slightly toward the student;
- Nod appropriately;
- Respond with appropriate facial expressions;
- Relax when you are watching the student communicate.
When a tutor listens actively, it shows students that they are important enough to have your undivided attention. Some ways to demonstrate active listening:
- Paraphrase what the student communicated;
- Ask questions that will lead the student to her/his own solution;
- Offer constructive feedback rather than criticize;
- Guide students to make appropriate choices;
- Ask the student if there is anything else s/he can share;
- Be sympathetic to difficult situations.
Adapted from: https://www.gallaudet.edu/tip/tutor-training/crla-level-1/tutoring-techniques.html
When the student is done, you could follow-up with encouraging comments or ask probing questions to get a better sense of the situation.
Small group activity/Role-playing
- Now we are going to break up into small groups
- You will each be given a scenario to act out
- First, you are going to demonstrate a session in which active listening skills are NOT used
- Then, you will discuss with your partner how to incorporate active listening skills to improve your session
- Yes, we will be acting these out for the group! Do your best; We don’t expect an Oscar-worthy performance!
Taken from the University of South Carolina Aiken Academic Success Center's Presentation on Active Listening