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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Excitement

So I am a brand new tutor for Boise State; there is a ton of us on here right now isn't there! I have just finished my second consultation and I just have to say how excited I am to really dig in and get some tutoring done. My first consultation was on Tuesday, for a veteran tutor. This was a great way for me to get my feet wet, I think because I wasn't as worried about sending them in the wrong direction. Mostly because I knew they were already a strong writer. I am also in the unique situation to see how the paper turned out, for the final draft. He did an excellent job, and I was able to see how the consultation helped.

My second consultation was for an ESL student, and I loved it. From all the theory I have been reading in my tutoring class and from my lit classes, working with this ESL gal really helped me solidify the theory in my head. I had to reword and break down the theory and find more common words to explain what I wanted to say, so she could understand. I think the most rewarding part of the consultation is when I could see things start to connect in her head. The expression on her face went from a nervous smile to one of understanding.

I want to know what other tutors have been doing this semester so far. What new challenges are you encountering? What have you found especially rewarding? Do you have any suggestions on how to stay excited about working in the writing center? And what do you love most about your writing center?

Thanks for all you do to help the world write better one student at a time! :)

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