Month: November 2011

Opinions at the Door, Please

Today in class we got into a heated topic discussing how to handle a student writing a paper with an opinion far different from our own. While I didn’t speak out, I got fairly emotional during the whole discussion, particularly when a tutee was brought up…

To Do List: Step 1. Make a To Do List

As the end of the semester is beginning to wind down (thank goodness), students are starting to race to finish their final papers and assignments.  I completely understand that the Writing Center has been extremely busy lately– we’ve had quite the productive semester.  But I’ve been…

Students with Learning Disabilities

I found that Julie Neff’s article “Learning Disabilities and the Writing Center” was very illuminating on some of the issues that other students have in learning and writing–and it’s something that I have never really considered before in working with other students.  I believe, however, that…

Language as Identity

It’s always eye-opening to put yourself in another person’s shoes, and one of the best ways to do this is through reading. Anne DiPardo’s article, “Whispers of Coming and Going”: Lessons from Fannie, set the stage for experiencing Fannie’s writing-history through the eyes of a non-native…

My Majors Are NOT Random

I am a double-major in English and Psychology, and for the longest time, people have exclaimed at the randomness of my majors. I usually just tell them one is for fun and the other is so I can get a job in this horrible economy (I’ll…

Requirement for Being a Writing Tutor: Ability to Shapeshift

Unfortunately I cannot literally shape shift, although it would be really cool. The idea behind this requirement is that as tutors we have to quickly react to the needs of the tutee we are working with. We must “shapeshift” from outlining, to grammar, to directive tutoring,…

The Fixation on Citation

After reading Kurt Schick’s article Citation Obsession? Get over it! I’ve come to realize how much time and energy I spend on correctly citing my sources in my papers. Now I agree that recognizing where you obtain your information from is important, especially when so many…

An Eye Doctor’s Diagnosis

I’ve been attending the eye doctor since I was seven years old when I was diagnosed with astigmatism. I had to wear a patch for three years, and am still nearly blind in my right eye. This is why it’s astounding to me that I may…