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February 25, 2007

Tutoring Session: Feb 20th

This was the week of midterm exams and essays, and I expected the peer tutoring center to be a madhouse. I was proven wrong. Although I believe that every tutor had at least one session during their shift, it was not overwhelmingly busy and the student that I tutored did not seem overly frantic about her paper. She came in asking for help writing an argumentative thesis and that’s exactly what happened throughout the session. We looked at her original thesis, her topic of interest and tried to examine why it was important. This ultimately allowed us to work through several arguments she could make and she decided upon one, although she opted to discuss some minor ones in the body of her paper.

I believe this was the most productive session I’ve had so far because the student was readily engaged in her work, was open and expressive about her topic, made many interjections, and volunteered suggestions rather than waiting for me to prescribe some. Something else that made this session different was that it was observed by an SWC 300 student. At first, this made me extremely nervous but after I saw that the tutee was fully engaged in the session, I no longer worried about the observer. Even the observer mentioned how well the session went; it was nearly “by the book”.

Overall, this was a great session and I believe the tutee benefited from our collaboration and came up with a solid, argumentative thesis. I also think the observer benefited because she was able to see a type of rare, ideal session that we used to discuss in 300, that I always wish I had more often. This session was invigorating and it made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile as a tutor; this is something that I have not felt after any of my previous sessions and I hope I’ll be able to experience it again. Until after break~


Posted by aimroby at February 25, 2007 04:42 PM


Good collaborative sessions like that are the best! I was also really surprised at how slow the tutoring center was that week, it was so odd to have the PTC to be so quiet.

Posted by: holricha at March 6, 2007 10:36 PM

I’ve noticed that on Tuesday night in particular we seem to be overstaffed. At most we get about 10-12 students a night, and considering we have up to 7 tutors working here between 8-10, the situation creates little work for us to do. Also, perhaps Tuesday night is just a slower night of the week for students to come in; I sense more papers are due either at the beginning or the end of the week, which would result in more students coming in at the beginning and end of the week. Oh well.

Posted by: zkarram at March 7, 2007 04:41 PM

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