Graduate instructors often dive into teaching without extensive preparation or a teaching certificate. However, some graduate instructors tutored in university writing centers prior to their graduate work. Tutoring prior to teaching allows the graduate instructor to gain confidence with introductory coursework, cope with silence from students, and learn how to ask students questions before they ever have to step foot in a classroom. The relationship tutors have with students differs from the relationship instructors have with students, which adds a complexity for graduate instructors who are accustomed to the tutoring relationship. Although that relationship shift is difficult, this paper gives anecdotal and research evidence on how tutoring before teaching ultimately improves a graduate instructor’s teaching.
Alexander, Alyssa W. "Teacher in Training: On Tutoring Before Teaching." 2018, pp. 1-6.