In higher education, there has been a growing awareness of how generational differences impact teaching and learning. First the millennials, and now the Gen Zers, have changed the climate in higher education, as institutions have attempted to adapt to these students’ needs. This reality has come to full fruition over the last fifteen years, as Millennials and Generation Zers have come of age. Let’s face it: different generations have different expectations surrounding how we teach and how we learn. Perhaps where these expectations have manifested more than in any other area of our institutions is in the learning center.
Now that traditionally-aged college students are solidly Generation Zers, what are some considerations for those of us who work in tutoring and learning centers?
- Outreach is key: While Generation Z students do crave face to face interactions, they often have a difficult time initiating these relationships. Our outreach to students must build trust and meet them where they are at, which is often on social media.
- Tutoring is pragmatic: Gen Zers are often practically-minded and seek hands-on opportunities to learn. We must ensure that our tutoring practices are meeting these students’ needs and that they can see the value of applying study and learning strategies that we teach them.
- Tutors are GenZ: At many institutions, the tutors are GenZ students themselves. We must focus on creating welcoming, diverse communities for them to engage in, and tailor our tutoring training to the ways they learn best. Tutoring may be many students’ first paraprofessional experience, and as supervisors, we have the opportunity to mentor them and set a positive tone.
How are you engaging your Gen Z students? How are you training your Gen Z tutors? What practical tips can you share about working with Gen Z students?
- How Generation Z Is Shaping The Change In Education
- Six Simple Ways to Better Engage Generation Z
- Gen Z: In Their Own Words
- Online Tutor Training Preview
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Author: Stephanie Carter
April 8, 2019