Time seemed to escape us in class yesterday with our guest-speaker. I found the meeting very productive and felt we discussed many issues that had to be discussed at one point or another.
There was, however, one last comment I wanted to make about the mandatory sessions that I felt hadn’t got touched on; it is perhaps a unique exception to most of the issues we brought up.
A couple weeks ago a student brought in his proposal for the mandatory “step-one” in the process. He was an upperclassman and told me bluntly before our session even began he was upset with the requirement of having to come to the writing center. Obviously, my mind was already turning in that “sigh-filled” direction of “another student that doesn’t want to be here.” While this was true, the reasons surrounding it were quite different from most tutees that don’t want to be there. He got out his proposal and told me he felt he had done everything that was asked of him to the T. Always skeptical when hearing that from a student, I told him we’d read through it just make sure.
Sure enough, the paper resembled near-perfection, which raises a new matter of concern: should the students that are in the general education course (out of requirement) and are hard-working students have to bring in their papers to us? He told me he is getting heavy work-loads in classes pertaining to his major and the required WC appointment was simply one more speed bump in his path. I couldn’t really blame him. While I think peer evaluation is always helpful, the work he presented me was clearly worthy of a perfect grade. Thus, the mandatory appointment was almost viewed as a “punishment” to him for his hard work. Not that the writing center isn’t a great place to stop by, but I’m sure he felt his time could be used better elsewhere.
I just thought it was a new twist on the whole mandatory sessions discussion that we didn’t really have time to talk about. Makes you think a little more about the issue…