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Peer Tutoring: Definition, Pros & Cons

Peer Tutoring: Definition, Pros & Cons
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  • 0:04 What Is Peer Tutoring?
  • 0:30 Peer Tutoring Models
  • 1:49 How to Select Tutors & Models
  • 2:19 Benefits of Using Peer Tutors
  • 2:57 Disadvantages of Using…
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Instructor: Lori Sturdivant

Lori has a specialist's degree in Instructional Leadership/Mild Moderate and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for The University of Southern Mississippi's Autism Project.

Are you considering using peer tutors in your classroom? This lesson will help you understand what peer tutoring is. We will also discuss the different models of peer tutoring, as well as the possible implications, both good and bad.

What Is Peer Tutoring?

Peer tutoring is a teaching strategy that uses students as tutors. The student pairs might work on academic, social, behavioral, functional, or even social skills. There are many different ways to pair students, such as by ability level, skills mastered, or age. The following model descriptions will assist you in selecting the correct model based on certain criteria.

Peer Tutoring Models

There are many different ways you can group students to tutor each other. It's important that you, the teacher, make sure that any material being reviewed by tutor groups is accurately assessed in these groups. Peer tutoring is not meant for introducing new materials or concepts. You need to monitor for understanding on both ends.

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