Month: October 2011

Lessons from Barbarians

As I was reading Paul Handsted’s Barbarian’s at the Gate: Professors from Outside the English Department Reflect on Teaching First-Year Writing I couldn’t help but see a parallel between the professors’ experiences and my own as a writing tutor. In many ways I am, as are…

Girl look at that writing – I work outtt

I really enjoyed reading Paul Hansted’s Barbarians at the Gate: Professors from Outside the English Department Reflect on Teaching First-Year Writing for class last week. I was hoping we would talk about it in class, but we never got to it, so I’m going to blog about it…

Identifying Our Weaknesses

Almost all of us in the Writing Center admitted that we struggle with helping students who come in with scientific writing. It’s our weakness. We struggle with what facts need to be incorporated into the lab report, what type of conclusion the professor is looking for,…

How English Fits into WAC

Although I didn’t get to post on it last week, the class discussions we had about Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) really interested me, and I decided to explore the idea further. Since I am an English major, I am interested in how English fits into…

Music to My Ears

As I’ve probably mentioned before, taking this WAC class and working as a writing center tutor has led me to some insights about writing in general, as well as my own writing, that I had not previously considered. Last week was a particularly writing intensive week for me,…

Of Lab Reports and Enzymes

I will admit it. Science makes this history major squeamish. I have always felt that science teachers spoke a foreign language that had nothing at all to do with me and as such, I was terrified of having to help a student with a lab report.…

An Imagined Conversation about the Quick Help Desk

So. (I think probably about 95% of my blog posts begin with the word “so” – it’s a great opener) Today in our staff meeting we discussed the Quick Help Desk, and I got to thinking: what does the average library-visiting student think about this desk?…

Building Relationships with Returning Tutees

Because I’m a newer tutor and don’t really work that many hours, I haven’t seen a returning student make an appointment with me yet. Well, that was until today! A girl I had an hour long appointment with last week decided to make another appointment with…

The Writing Center is NOT Prision

I’m guessing as you read my super creative title you thought to yourself, “No, no it is not.” It seems like this would be common sense, but during one of my sessions last week I am sure the student thought he had entered prision. The best…

Writing Fellows at SNC

It seems that the Writing Fellows program at Iowa University has proven effective and much can be taken from it. Going out into the college community essentially spreads awareness of the ultimate goals of the Writing Center itself through the Writing Fellows. With the University of…