Coaching Critical Thinking: Tutoring Athletes toward Self-sufficiency

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When working with student athletes, writing tutors often face obstacles not faced when working with other segments of the student population. Student athletes are often under-prepared and ill-equipped to handle the rigors of college level writing assignments. In addition, student athletes tend to resist the intimacy of the tutor/tutee relationship. If the writing assignment requires personal writing, this resistance can turn to resentment. This paper examines some of the reasons for this resentment and suggests ways to reduce it. When the tutor is successful, the resultant student writing can not only help the student athlete make a better grade on the assignment, but it can also help the student athlete develop the critical thinking skills needed to be successful off, as well as on, the playing field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-170
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of College Reading and Learning
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


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