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Tutor Tip of the Month: Turning the Tables

"We remember and learn . . .
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we both see and hear
70% of what we talk about with others
80% of what we experience personally
95% of what we TEACH someone else."
William Glasser

As a tutor, you are probably finding that rules and conventions about words and language have made more sense and become clearer for you as a result of exploring them with and explaining them to others. Why not let your student experience teaching a lesson you have studied together? Your student can explain it back to you, or if she or he has a child, share it with him or her. If you know of another literacy student having trouble with something that your student has learned and understood, suggest that your student try explaining it to the other student.

The experience of teaching may seem strange to your student at first, but it is a definite confidence-booster. It not only helps us to remember what we have learned; it is also gives us a sense of accomplishment and of ownership of the knowledge.


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