Critical Thinking Peer Tutor Training


Grade Level & Curriculum Area:


The following is a self-paced training that can be completed independently by high school or college aged students.
The following materials can be used to complete this training independently, however, this training is best completed in person.

Learning Objectives:

This training aligns with CRLA Peer Tutor Certification Guidelines. Upon completion of this training, peer tutors will be able to:
  • Understand Critical Thinking
  • Learn and understand the importance of Critical Thinking skills for student success.
  • Obtain the tools to encourage better problem solving and critical thinking skills among tutees.
  • Demonstrate how to prepare students for problem solving on their own, outside of tutoring.




Critical Thinking Training Instructions:


The following is a group training best completed live, in-person but can be completed independently.

Step 1.

After reviewing the PowerPoint below about Critical Thinking, discuss in which situations we apply critical thinking as tutors and how students are required to use critical thinking in tutorial sessions. You should download and read the following handout along with the PowerPoint.






Step 2.

When prompted, complete the Tutee Preparedness Quiz. This will give you a starting point to reflect on how ready your tutees are to be independent in their learning.


Step 3.

Think of creative ways of developing critical thinking skills during your tutorial sessions so that tutees will feel confident when approaching the material independently. This could be in the form of a method/process of thinking that students should follow as a guide when approaching problems or a catchy phrase which helps them remember questions they should ask themselves to ensure a complete understanding.

Here is an example of a list of tips that tutors created for their students:

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The following is a self-paced training that can be completed independently.

Step 1.

Watch the Prezi below and download and read the following handout.


The following Prezi is designed to cover these three main objectives:
1. What is Critical Thinking?
2. Why is Critical Thinking important for tutees?
3. How can tutors encourage Critical Thinking in their sessions?

Critical Thinking on Prezi

Step 2.

When prompted, complete the Tutee Preparedness Quiz. This will give you a starting point to reflect on how ready your tutees are to be independent in their learning.


Step 3.

Now that you understand a bit more about critical thinking and how it can help your students to be successful independently, you will develop one example of a "Tutee Survival Guide" for your tutees. This will include creative ways of approaching and using critical thinking skills during your tutorial sessions so that tutees will feel confident working on the material independently. Think of this as a road map for academic success in your subject. This could be in the form of a method/process of thinking that students should follow as a guide when approaching problems or can be a catchy mnemonic phrase which helps them remember steps to a solution or could simply be a list of questions they should ask themselves upon approaching new material to ensure a complete understanding.

You can create a video/song, a poster, a digital print or another creative item to represent how a student should approach problems specific to your tutor subject area. Try to think about what skills they would need to be successful if you were not there. What tools would they need to achieve long-term success? Incorporate some of the ideas covered in the Critical Thinking Prezi to boost your students' success.

Critical Thinking Training Samples:


Below are some examples of what tutors have created for this project in the past.

The video below includes some of our tutors for physics. They did a great job singing about how to solve a physics problem to the tune of "Call me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.



The Computer Science tutors created this poster to represent how to solve a computer science problem. It illustrates some very important questions a student should ask themselves when solving a problem including "What is the question asking?" and relating the problem to other problems.

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Once you have completed your Tutee Survival Guide, submit the file to your supervisor either physically or via email.