This column examines how the peer tutoring setting allows for both students and tutors to relinquish perfectionistic tendencies. Peer tutoring gives students permission to bring in imperfect work and realize such an action won’t cause the world to implode. It also teaches tutors to not expect themselves to know absolutely everything, but rather develop ways to get help with solutions. This column is part personal experience, part research. I provide my own experience as both a student and a tutor, as well as citing Rebecca Knight’s Harvard Business Review article, “How to Manage Your Perfectionism.” Perfectionistic expectations and cycles must be disrupted, lest an individual gets overwhelmed by impossible standards and is paralyzed by it. Expecting to make mistakes allows for an individual to simply learn and move forward, ultimately being more productive and fulfilled in their work.
Schill, Anne, "Escaping the Spiral: How Peer Tutoring Disrupts Perfectionistic Tendencies" (2019). Tutor's Column. Paper 48.