I love the English language and especially enjoy finding comparable differences in words that share similar roots. For example, what is the difference between a champion and a championship? The answer: The number of participants. A wrestler may be the champion of his weight class, yet his team-with only his successive efforts-may still lose the championship; “There is no ‘I’ in team.”
Ironically, a similar wordy comparison can be found in tutor and tutorship. True of sporting and tutoring, there will always be a
teacher and a student; a coach and player; a master and an apprentice. However,
is the teacher the only one teaching or the student the only one studying? Of
course not; each are being edified by the other; each are learning from one another.
Thus I may be a great tutor-an expert in my field of education and writing-but do
I embrace tutorship? Do I look down on my student and desire to carry him up
the ladder to my level knowledge with a “know-it-all” attitude? Or do I see both
of us as a team of masons, of writing; he holding the bricks to be laid and I spreading
the mortar for the bricks to be stacked? Thus is tutorship a joined
and intended to be an enjoyed experience: like writing, it is not one-way communication, it's a two-way conversation. Tutorship means teamwork.