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Effective Opening of a Tutorial

Focus Points: Negotiation of a Starting Point – Tutorial with Craig

Craig starts the tutorial off strongly by establishing the broad context of material to be covered.

In order to negotiate a starting point, he checks in directly with students as to which questions they found particularly difficult. He then follows up by asking about the level of preparation. This is an excellent strategy for eliciting first from students their specific concerns or difficulties rather than making assumptions, or alternatively just working through the entire question set.

Craig articulates his starting point and begins by summarising the question. One variation is to invite a student to summarise the question in their own words – this is an effective way of finding out whether they have an understanding of what the question asks.

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