Harvey Kail, University of Maine
Paula Gillespie, Florida International University
Brad Hughes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

a tutoring session

a tutoring session at Florida International University

If you have ever trained or supervised peer writing tutors or been a peer tutor yourself, you have probably noticed that tutoring is as beneficial for the tutor as it is for the writer, maybe even more beneficial. Collaborative learning really does seem to work in two directions, although not in entirely transparent ways. What interests us, and we hope what will interest you, is how significant the experience of collaborative learning is for peer tutors even after they graduate from college, leave the Writing Center or Writing Fellows Program behind, and plunge into their post-graduate lives. We recognized that something of real interest was going on in this regard because so many former peer tutors kept in touch with us over the years through letters, emails, and triumphant announcements about jobs, notices of publications or business openings, or a wedding or a birth. In a sense, all these messages said the same thing to us: for many of our former students, being a peer writing tutor was vitally important not only in their college education but in their life experience. . . .  [ more>> ]