Educators and educational technologists on tutoring, mentorship, learning and growth
Tutors are explainers. We have to be. Learners don't understand something, and our job is to help them to understand it. That generally involves explaining things.
But it's easy to fall into a trap—one that I still fall into, despite knowing better. The trap is to think of tutoring as primarily about explanation. The result is often blank stares, backtracking and repeated explanations. It's frustrating for the tutor and the learner alike.
One day somebody offered me the following...
During my college years I worked at a couple of places on campus, and they all happened to be in the same building. I worked in the Disabled Student Services office where I learned about paraffin baths for hands. One of the most used and visible services were the interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing students. They worked tirelessly translating lectures in real time to students, and their hands were always sore.