Learning Assistant Training Process

Academic Support Center, McCutchan Hall

Learning Assistant Training Process

Learning Assistant Training Before Beginning the Job

The length of this varies based on qualifications of applicant and nature of position; for example, education majors usually require less training. Along similar lines, different positions require different training.

Supplemental Instruction

Ideally education majors are hired for this position.

  • Required to read the "Active Learning Strategies" training manual and attend orientation meetings.
  • Paired with senior S.I. tutor for Tutor Mentoring
    • required to attend senior tutor"s S.I. sessions and reflectively journal/discuss the process; After hiring, tutor will still work with his/her mentor in developing weekly lesson plans for the sessions

Writing Learning Assistants

  • Applicant submits samples of writing to be used "tutorials" where director or a senior writing tutor models the tutorial process
  • Applicant takes grammar exam that will be used for used for a customized remediation plan

Subject Area Learning Assistants (Math, Foreign Language, etc.)

The specific nature of this varies applicant by applicant; usually involves a "customized" plan based on areas of weakness. For example,

  • Peer Training to Build Content Knowledge
  • Development of Communication Skills
  • Learning about Pedagogy of Tutoring (reading and abstracting articles)
  • Faculty Sponsorship of New Tutors

On-Going Tutor Training During the Job

Even after the tutor officially begins tutoring, the training process continues in the following ways:

  • Scripted Observations by the Director
  • Tutor-to-Tutor Mentoring (both being mentored and serving as mentors)
  • Faculty Sponsorship
  • Tutor-to-Tutor Reflective Feedback Exchanges (take turns observing each other; discussion follows)
  • Tutor Development Meetings (examples include "Working with LD Clients"; "Article Presentation Forum"; "Working with International Students"; "Dealing with Difficult Clients").

If you have questions about any aspect of this process, call 472-1230 or e-mail us at tutorctr@uww.edu.


Multicultural Affairs & Student Success
226 McCutchan Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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