Tag: consultations

Whose Paper Is It, Anyway?

I had a session recently that made me question the line between helping a student with his or her paper and imposing one’s own writing process or opinions upon it. I’m a big fan of non-directive tutoring and think of myself as a helpful resource rather…

The Challenges and Value of Mandatory Sessions

I know the ink has barely dried on my last blog post (metaphorically, of course—it just sounds so much nicer than “the content has barely been uploaded”), but I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on mandatory sessions after our all-too-brief discussion tonight. We’ve all had sessions…

Tough Love in the Writing Center

“Your claim here doesn’t make any sense. You need to fix it.” “As a reader, I don’t understand the claim you’re making here. Can you explain it to me?” Which would you use to address a student’s unclear claim? Which would you prefer to hear if…

Why I *Am* Proud of You for Correcting Other People’s Grammar

While I agree with Ladysquires and Stephen Fry that it’s annoying and self-serving to correct other people’s grammar in casual conversation, I do feel compelled to stand up for those who point out grammatical errors in the appropriate circumstances and out of a desire to be…

Comments on a Commentary on Comments

Yesterday I had an appointment with a student who was working on the second draft of her paper. She brought her first draft along, which had been returned—with comments—from the professor, and she asked me to make sure she had followed all of the professor’s suggestions.…

Building Relationships in the Writing Center

Our course readings have raised interesting points regarding the relationship between consultant and student in the writing center. As someone who normally worries about how to develop relationships with others—my Myers-Briggs introversion tendency is a perfect 100—I feel this is something I should explore further. I…