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Peer Tutor Training

As a Writing Peer Tutor, you are not only able to support your peers with their writing projects, but you can also learn a lot about your own writing process, how writing works in general, and how you can approach your writing projects in a more focussed and organised manner. So, in addition to teaching you how to give your peers the tools they need to help themselves, you can also improve your own academic writing abilities.

The TutorPlus-Certificate for Writing Peer Tutors builds a foundation for employment in various institutions focussing on didactic writing – such as the Writing Center – as well as in the private sector. Since excellent writing skills are a necessity in almost every profession, it is worthwhile to invest in them early on.

Upcoming dates for the training course:

October 11 and 12, 2021, 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Content and Structure

The Writing-Peer-Tutor Training exists in two different variations:

Option a) Basic Training

During the basic training, you will go through the practical semester (Module 2) as part of a mentoring agreement. You will perform various tasks (see tracking slip (310 KB)) which will introduce you to the central tasks of a university's Writing Center: Writing consultation and workshops addressing different aspects of academic writing.

Option b) Tandem-Training

During the tandem-training, you will be accompanied by another Peer Tutor. They will be from another faculty which helps you to get familiar with subject-specific aspects of academic writing. In addition to the basic elements of option a) the two of you will work on a subject-specific workshop for the faculty financing your training and reflect on the subject-specific aspects of your project. The availability of tandem-training depends on the Writing Center's staffing situation and can be decided individually on request.

Module 1: Intensive Workshop

Usually, the 2-day basic course takes place during the semester break, before the beginning of the practical semester.

During the course you will be introduced to applied writing sciences, you will learn the basics of didactics (methods, media, and more) and you will receive voice training. You will also train your ability to give and receive peer-feedback (both in written and spoken form) and play through difficult situations that might occur during writing consultations (playing different roles as supervisor, Peer Tutor, and advice seeker). Apart from that, you will also learn about subject-specific differences in academic writing by analysing and comparing the differences in style and structure of best-practise texts from different faculties.

Module 2: Practical Semester

After actively participating in the training course, you will be assigned a mentor (one of the Writing Center's experienced Peer Tutors). A written Mentoring Agreement will lay the ground rules for feedback and exchange.

Additionally, there will be an interim reflection and exchange of experiences (120min) at the beginning of the second half of the semester. This will be attended by both, the trainers as supervisors (members of the Writing Center), and your mentor.

The tracking slip includes the following elements:

  • (a+b) Observation of 4 writing consultations, each max. 45min (individual/open consultation)
  • (a+b) Giving 4 writing consultations, each max. 45min (individual/open consultation), two consultations are also attended by your mentor and include feedback
  • (a+b) Participation in 2 workshops offered by the writing centre (either Friday Workshops or special occasions)
  • (a+b) Giving a workshop (90min) attended by your mentor and followed by feedback
  • (b) Preparing and holding a subject-specific workshop (90min) for the faculty financing your training, together with your tandem-partner and followed by feedback from your supervisor
  • (b) Writing-project with your tandem-partner: reflecting back on subject-specific aspects relevant for writing consultations

All tasks have to be reflected on in written form and combined into a portfolio to conclude the training.

Module 3: Conclusion

The training concludes with a written and oral task: The oral part is a supervised writing consultation (30min) followed by feedback from your mentor and supervisor. The written part consists of the portfolio of reflections documenting the tracking slip tasks. This portfolio has to be supplemented by a final report of either 5 pages (option a) or 10 pages (option b, including the tandem's writing project) in which the supervisor gives you feedback. Extending the tandem's writing project to a publication (e.g. for a journal on writing sciences) is possible but not necessary.

The training will be held in German!

Certificate

After you successfully finished your training (option a and b) we will issue you a TutorPlus-Certificate for Writing Peer Tutors in cooperation with PROFiL. This certificate includes the tasks you completed during your training.

Training Costs

The costs for your training will be financed by the faculty on which you are studying. The responsible person can request a detailed statement of cost. If you are interested in the training but do not know whom to talk to on your faculty, contact us!