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Syllabus eMaster Tutor Training
Course Objectives

What follows is an edited version of the syllabus that accompanies the course. The purpose of this sample syllabus is to give you an overview of the basic requirements for completing the course

The complete course syllabus includes more specific instructions for the discussion boards and double-entry journals, as well as several pages of tips for online students and new tutors.

Also note the links to the left of this text, and the links available at the top and bottom of this page. These are part of the course interface and are constants throughout the whole of the course, making it very accessible and easy to navigate.

After you've reviewed the syllabus, we'll move on to the schedule and then Unit 1.


Required Texts
Weekly Assignments
Discussion Board
Double-Entry Journals
Tips and Tricks

Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the role of a tutor and to the methods of effective tutoring. Students will learn to establish goals and objectives, implement a tutorial plan, apply effective learning skills, develop effective communication and listening skills, and foster critical thinking. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the educational resources available to them on the World Wide Web.

This course focuses on tutoring principles found universal to effective tutoring across different disciplines and settings. Because these principles are flexible, each tutor will be applying them in practice to his or her own discipline, exploring and adapting strategies as they suit specific tutoring situations.




Required Texts:

  • MacDonald, Ross B. The Master Tutor: A Guidebook for More Effective Tutoring. Williamsville, NY: Cambridge Stratford, 2000.
  • Other course readings will be available electronically via the web.
  • You will also need an e-mail account. If you don't have one, free accounts are available through Yahoo!, Hotmail, and countless other sources.


The TESAT (Tutor Evaluation and Self Assessment Tool). As instructed, complete the pre-test administration prior to beginning the course, tear out the carbonated Compilation Sheet and turn it into your instructor. As instructed, a post- test administration will be provided at the end of the course.




Overview of Weekly Assignments:

  • A minimum of four primary discussion board posts made on three separate days in response to the required prompts.
  • A minimum of two secondary replies to your peers’ posts for each prompt.
  • Additional discussion board posts in response to questions asked you by your classmates and/or instructors.
  • Double-entry journal with at least five double entries.
  • In addition, there will be midterm exam at the end of Unit 3.




Discussion Board:

  • Students are expected to visit and read posts on the discussion board a minimum of three days per week. Each student is expected to make at least four primary posts and 8 secondary posts (replies to peers) over three different days each week. Refer to each unit's discussion section for required prompts, and keep in mind that only well-developed and thought-out posts will receive credit.
  • In addition, just as you would respond to remarks directed towards you in a conversation or class, common courtesy and respect require that you respond to any replies to your posts.



Double-Entry Journal Post:

  • For each week's reading, you will complete a journal with at least five double-entries. This journal will be e-mailed to the instructor no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday of each week.
  • Each entry will consist of a quotation from the week's reading and a response. Choose quotations that you find particularly useful, interesting, puzzling, infuriating, etc., and make sure that you note their source and page number (for quotes from the text). Your response should elaborate on the quotation and indicate why you chose it. Click here for a sample double-entry journal.





  • Send all e-mail to your instructor.
  • All e-mail should include your signature at the end of the message. Most e-mail programs have a "signature" function that will allow you to set up a sign-off that you can simply insert whenever you have the need. In Outlook Express, for example, go to Tools/Options/Signatures. Type in the signature as you want it to appear (it must include at least your first and last name). The next time that you need to include a signature, simply go to Insert/Signature.
  • In the subject line of every e-mail that you send for this class, include the following: the course number, your name, and the topic of the e-mail.




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