Month: September 2011

The First Few Weeks of Life as a Writing Tutor

It is officially the end of my second week as a writing tutor, and I have realized that tutoring is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.  I’ve edited papers for my friends plenty of times, but it is very different to spend…

Debatable Claims and Other Concerns

After my first week as a consultant in the writing center, I have a few questions/concerns that came out of my sessions. 1) To begin, I am not sure what each discipline considers to be a good claim. Before working at the writing center, I knew…

We brainstormed ways to help them brainstorm.

Monday in class the new tutors were supposed to help the experienced tutors with a paper that was given to them; it was kind of like a mock-appointment. The papers were given to the experienced tutors ahead of time so they could become familiar with the…

Writing…in the Wild

So I’m sitting at the help desk swinging my legs and people-watching, and I started thinking about the crazy atmosphere of college libraries. I know our class trains Writing Center tutors, but  the class is also about Writing across the Curriculum (in fact, it’s in the…

Tutor’s Block

Tutor’s block  noun A usually temporary psychological inability to begin or continue work on revising, consulting, or brainstorming with a student on his or her writing. So I had my first ESL student today and I defiantly used the phrase “Can you repeat that?”  way too…

“Coffee, Cookies, & Couches”

Of all the readings we’ve done so far, the section for today (Sept. 26th) concerning directive and non-directive tutoring stood out the most for me. I found a lot of the advice useful considering that many of the scenarios described were already happening to me in…

Using Different Tutoring Strategies

As a writing tutor I feel comfortable looking at the first draft of a paper, reading through it, and offering suggestions to the student. With a draft in front of me I can point out common grammar errors, comment on sentence fluency, and discuss the effectiveness…

Why You Should Listen In on Other Appointments

This past friday, I was not expecting any appointments up until a walk-in came in. The student wanted to work on getting started with her paper, and through the course of the appointment, she managed to get through the introduction paragraph. Now, I will admit, I…

One Size Does Not Fit All

In the reading due September 25th from The St. Martin’s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors, there are various opinions on whether writing center tutors should be direct or indirect with their sessions. However, reading the articles, I found that I disagree with both sides. We should not…

We’re Not the Teacher

I just finished reading “Responding to Student Writing” and can definitely relate to Nancy Sommers’ claims.  (Sorry if I repeat anything said in Wednesday’s class discussion on account of I wasn’t there).  Although I feel that article was a little harsh on teachers and made too…