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Upon entering you could assume that you have entered into a
library. In the large classroom size room there are shelves with books along
one wall. There is one wall with many large windows and a long table with
computers are at the bottom of the windows. Comfy chairs occupy the corners and
in the middle of the floor are several tables. The Salt Lake Community College,
Student Writing Center is a very open and welcoming place. For my semester
project I have chosen to work in this writing center.
first day has come and gone and I admit, I was nervous but having observed
several sessions it wasn’t too overwhelming. In the hour that I was scheduled,
there was an abundance of staff and the writing center was slow. I didn’t get
to tutor that day but I need to do 15 hours and so I’m sure that I will get my
chance. I took the slowness to re- think about the observations I did and what
I wanted to do and how I wanted to do things differently.
of my observation sessions I was able to see two very opposite sessions happening at the same time. Two friends walked
into the SWC (student writing center) and the first one received a tutor that
was interested in them the moment they sat down. The second had to get their
tutor’s attention by another staff member. The tutor didn’t even close their own
shocked that the second tutor immediately, upon receiving the student’s paper,
wrote all over it and changed almost everything on the first page.
checked on the first student I noticed their session was very happy. They were
laughing and sharing the student’s paper. The tutor was very engaged in the
work they were there to do. The second tutor was very quiet and the student sat
across from them, wringing their hands. I realized then that no tutors are alike and that I want to be very
involved with the student’s work and with the student. They are coming in for
help and if I just take over, do it for them or make them feel uncomfortable--
they won’t want to come back again. When the two student's left one was smiling and very happy. Student number two looked like they would never return.
Overall, I am very excited for the work
that we do in helping the student’s and I am glad to have this opportunity.