What Socrates Would Say to Undergraduate Tutors

When we talk about education, and about tutoring in particular, we often speak of the Socratic method. Often what we mean when we refer to that method is simply something like a question-and-answer format. But in my years of overseeing a tutoring center and training peer tutors, I have found that such a simple explanation is not enough to understand some of the tensions involved in undergraduate peer tutoring.

There is an unmistakable disconnect between the way most students perceive