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March 19, 2007

3/13 in the PTC

During my most recent session at the PTC, I was fortunate enough to be able to assist my roommate with some of her midterm papers. She had several short essays for me to look at and I was excited to do some serious work with someone who I know is a great writer. This was my favorite session so far because I finally felt what it was like to collaborate with someone who believes I’m her equal rather than an all-knowing expert. We tackled higher-order as well as lower-order issues, we dealt with the structure and organization of her papers, and we had a good time talking about writing.

I wish every session could go as well as this one but unfortunately, many tutees put me in a position of authority. This role is very hard to shed because on one hand, I want the student to respect my suggestions and take me seriously. On the other hand, I want the student to collaborate with me, which is somewhat difficult when he/she sees me as being in control of the session. Oh well. Although tutoring your friends is somewhat controversial, I find it comforting that my friends trust my abilities and are not afraid to debate and collaborate on their writing during a session.

Posted by aimroby at March 19, 2007 01:53 PM

Comments

I agree that tutoring friends, although controversial, can be really rewarding. I find that not only working with friends is oftentimes more fun and productive, but it's refreshing to encounter higher-level thinking and better assignments.

Posted by: holricha at March 29, 2007 11:21 AM

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