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“Encourage your tutors to implement the Appreciative Tutoring Cycle in their sessions! The framework provides an
opportunity to maximize student potential, encourage strategic and independent thinking, and emphasize the
student’s strengths as tools for learning!”
~ Jenna Grogan
The Appreciative Tutoring Cycle blends the principles of Appreciative Advising (2008) with MacDonald’s (2000) Tutoring Cycle, creating a useful framework for tutors to utilize during their sessions. There are six flexible phases in the Appreciative Tutoring Cycle, including Welcome, Identify, Prioritize, Apply, Confirm, and Foster Independence. An overview of each phase, including examples, will be provided throughout the webinar. Essentially, a tutor’s ultimate goal is to help students learn academic content and develop strategies for future assignments. The Appreciative Tutoring Cycle facilitates the students’ learning process, emphasizing their strengths and fostering their independence.
- Gain basic knowledge of the Appreciative Advising principles.
- Gain basic knowledge of MacDonald’s Tutoring Cycle.
- Gain basic knowledge of the “Appreciative Tutoring Cycle.”
- Identify how the Appreciative Tutoring Cycle merges the principles of Appreciative Advising with MacDonald’s Tutoring Cycle to create a flexible framework for tutors during their sessions.
- Identify examples of how tutors can use the Appreciative Tutoring Cycle during tutoring sessions.
- Identify activities/techniques to train tutors on implementation of the Appreciative Tutoring Cycle during their tutoring sessions.
- Understand the benefits of the Appreciative Tutoring Cycle.
Who should attend?
- Professional Staff in Academic Support Settings (especially Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction)
- Academic advisors interested in how Appreciative Advising applies to various student settings
Who is the speaker?
Jenna Grogan attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She attended the University of South Carolina for graduate school, receiving a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs. During her graduate experience, Jenna served as the Graduate Assistant for the Student Success Center Tutoring Program, a program certified by the College Reading and Learning Association. She recruited new tutors, implemented the training sessions, and supervised their sessions. While attending the University of South Carolina, she also worked with the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition and University 101, co-teaching a first-year experience course. Additionally, Jenna co-presented at the South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA) conference on the topic of Appreciative Advising. Currently, Jenna works as an Academic Advisor for Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She facilitates a program designed for first-year students who are undecided about their major. Jenna also taught the first-year experience course and provides general advising for continuing students.
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