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Hello everyone,

Lizzy here from the elite and famous 303 class at Boise State.

We are coming to the end of this grand semester here at BSU, and I'm starting to think about my end or term paper. We have to write a pedagogy about ourselves as consultants.
I don't know about my class mates, but I'm freaking out.
I decided to use the Brooks essay on 'Minimalist Tutoring' and pick out the good and bad things about it. Mike gave me an idea for an article to look at as well (now the name escapes me) and I would like to take this moment to thank him. :)

But... I'm having second thoughts. I really don't know.
I want to be the kind of consultant that teaches each writer I sit down with something new about writing. I want to spread my passion for writing with the world and get people excited about it.

Does anyone have any ideas for me? Any articles that fall on the lines of, "Saving the world, one consultation at a time" ?

I would really appreciate your input. :)

The one with the cupcake tattoo.


  1. Hi Lizzy,

    I think there's a lot you could consider, and I don't really want to throw several thousand questions at you. I don't know how long you've been tutoring, or what your experience in self-reflection is, either.

    Something I had to come to grips with is that while tutoring allows you to save the world, one student/writer at a time, tutoring also allows you to become a better teacher, one student/writer at a time. You could have the world's worst session (well, you couldn't; I have the record for those), but you might learn more from those, which in turn would allow you to become a stronger tutor/teacher, allowing you, in turn, to develop new strategies to tutor those writers.

    I think "Minimalist Tutoring" would be a good start; I of course am drawing a blank completely on any possible other articles, but it might be interesting to contrast minimalist tutoring with those who disagree with such a concept. Our tutoring sessions are rarely either/or, of course; sometimes you have to use many methods, some of which will interfere with those pesky "best practices" we're always supposed to follow.

    (who has no cupcake tattoo, because if she did, her boyfriend would never leave her alone)

  2. Hmm. Could you use something like Csikszentmihalyi's 'Flow'? This work is a very strong rationale for taking a process-oriented approach to one's whole life!


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