Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Guide Name
Tutorials

Overview

Guided-inquiry worksheets that students work through in small groups, typically in a recitation section.  Instructors circulate through the room and engage with students in Socratic dialog, leading students to discover the answers to their own questions.  There are many types of tutorials in different subjects (see similar methods).

Type of Method Curriculum supplement, Tutorials
Level Designed for: Any
Setting Designed for: Recitation/Discussion Session
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Small (<30 students), Studio
Coverage Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Astronomy
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, Tables arranged for group work
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics content
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Think like a scientist, Reflecting on one's own learning, Self-confidence around physics, Enjoyment of physics, Laboratory skills, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, Designing experiments
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, scores on written conceptual testsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research conducted by someone other than developersReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, New Model Course, CPU, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, IQP, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Paradigms, Tools for Scientific Thinking, Clickers
Similar Methods UW Tutorials, ABP Tutorials, OST Tutorials, Lecture-Tutorials, QuILTs, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials
Resources To find out more about specific sets of tutorials, follow the links under Similar Methods above.
For more information about tutorials in general, see the University of Maryland page on facilitating tutorials.