Online tutoring skills
roles for the online tutor
MANY potential roles for the tutor and many ways of
describing them, but here's three of the most important:
tutor as subject expert
One of the roles for the tutor is to supplement self-study materials - filling in
any gaps, clarifying any misunderstandings and pointing learners to sources of
The tutor as coach
The second main role is to act as coach, mentor or counsellor. These terms
may have unique definitions but they also have a lot in common. The coach is responsible
for helping the learner to achieve their learning goals by challenging, encouraging and
providing constructive feedback.
The tutor as assessor
In many cases the tutor also has to act as assessor, checking to ensure that
learners have achieved the learning objectives.
Let's take a closer look at each of these roles and their
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