The Medical Master Tutor Training

Publication ID Published Volume
9116 March 16, 2012 8


Medical students are often challenged academically in the classroom. Peer tutoring is an excellent method to not only enhancing students’ learning, but also increasing metacognition and self-regulation. This module is written for a person presenting a tutor training for medical school students. This training presents an overview of theory that can be used to support students as learners and students as tutors.

For many medical students, professional school is the first time they are experiencing academic difficulty. Coping with the challenge of mastering large amounts of material is often eased through academic models: Master Tutors (Ender & Newton, 2000; Baroffio, Nendaz, Perrier, Layat, Vermeulen, & Vu, 2006).

Some medical students have poor self-direction and self-regulation: do not take responsibility for their learning, poor time management, poor awareness of one’s academic progress (until after a poor performance on an exam).

This session has been successfully incorporated into the curriculum offered to medical students at a college of medicine. Student and faculty evaluations demonstrate participant satisfaction and have improved the program over time.


Tucker C, Gibbs K. The medical master tutor training. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2012;8:9116.

Educational Objectives

  1. To promote independence in learning.
  2. To facilitate medical students insights into learning and learning processes.
  3. To respect individual differences.
  4. To understand responsibilities: Academic Enhancement Center guidelines, preparation time, payroll, time, tutee responsibilities.


  • Peer Tutoring, Tutors, Metacognition, Self-Regulation

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