who tutors the tutors?
Academic publishing giant
Houghton-Mifflin didn’t know. So they called Gary and
Joyce Phillips in the Grossmont College English
“Joyce had been researching tutor training
for some time prior to Houghton-Mifflin approaching us,”
Gary said, “so we mentioned to the editor that, as far
as we knew, no one had written a book that addressed the
training of tutors from a ‘how to’ perspective.
Houghton-Mifflin liked the idea and, subsequently, asked
us to write the book.”
The book is “Essentials of
Tutoring,” published last April. The book now fills a
need long since identified by the Phillips’. While most
new tutors greatly benefit from training before they
start working with students, there was no tutor training
book available that prepared tutors for the details,
especially in the grammar instruction concepts that they
needed to be successful.
“‘Essentials of Tutoring’ is
the core training tool for Grossmont’s English Writing
Center, where Joyce Phillips is the Learning Assistance
Center Specialist. It represents years of one-on-one
working with both students and tutors.
“The book is
actually an supplemental tool available to instructors
who adopt either ‘Keys for Writers’ or ‘Universal Keys
for Writers,’ said Joyce, referring to books authored by
Ann Raimes. “‘Essentials of Tutoring’ will help new
writing center tutors successfully prepare by providing
a guide to all aspects of the job of tutoring.”
further described the book as a how-to guide which new
or inexperienced tutors can use for a self-paced
training program, for a work text in a tutor-training
class, as a reference tool during the course of a
tutoring session, and as a source of information for
review of grammar and writing concepts with the review
designed to prepare tutors to verbalize such concepts in
the course of tutoring sessions.
Though featured as a
supplement, “Essentials for Tutoring” is also available
as a stand-alone title at the campus bookstore. The
Phillips’ have co-authored other works, including “The
Brainerd Journal: A Mission to the Cherokee 1817-1823,”
published by the University of Nebraska in 1998.