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Spam Poetry

From a spam commenter on this blog (I found it oddly poetic): An ass responds? The honorary concept fasts behind a god. Does the resource research throughout his purpose steel? The home-based continues together with a terrorist. The stretches ambassador operates winter months. Good luck in…

Scary Tutor

scary tutor (ˈsker-ē ˈtü-tər)* NP. a tutor who deliberately intimidates his/her tutee to reinforce his/her point. See also tough love I try to be a fairly laid-back tutor. Occasionally, though, I find myself in a situation when my typical tutoring personalities just aren’t going to cut…

How Students Really Feel about Feedback

Tying together the results of my survey and the expectations I had for my research project on student perspective of professor commentary was actually a rather interesting process. I found that I was excited to see what students had to say about professor feedback. I’d like to…

So…How ’bout that Research Project?

Okay, I’ll admit it: I am not very familiar with research projects. In fact (actually, factually), I haven’t written a full research project report since Honors Chem II in high school. And those were lab reports. If I have done a research project since those chemistry…

Conversational Appointments

One of my recent writing consultations took on a very interesting focus. Usually when a student comes into the Writing Center, as a tutor I begin with the basics: we look at the assignment, establish the due date, see how far the student is in writing, and…

If you’re wrong, does that mean I’m right?

While the Writing Center does so many things to help students become better writers, the main way we help students become better writers is showing them how to make strong theses. I cannot count the number of times that I have told a student that a…

Incomplete Perceptions of the Writing Center

As I was creating surveys for my research project, I decided to look over the criteria for writing intensive courses at St. Norbert. The WI class description is pretty basic and includes requirements you may expect to find in WI classes. However, I found one section…

Method Acting at the Writing Center

In one of my recent sessions, I got to use one of my very favorite tutoring techniques: method acting. I’ve used full-out roleplaying exactly twice in my Writing Center sessions (I don’t consider “pretend you’re someone who might disagree with your argument” roleplaying). The first time,…

Tips for Who vs Whom

So here’s the deal: who is a subject, and whom is an object. Simple, right? Not really. The thing is, the vast majority of native English speakers have absolutely no clue when to use “who” and when to use “whom,” so we just sort close our…