My First Semester Of Being A Writing Tutor At The Stony Brook University Writing Center

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Throughout my first semester of being a writing tutor at the Stony Brook University Writing Center, I have focused on establishing a methodology by which I will lead my writing sessions with students. I have found that the best way for me to tutor is to establish an open, honest dialogue with my students where they are pushed to learn about their writing process. I have found that while I don’t feel comfortable with being compliant to the expectations and actions of my students, I do feel comfortable leading my students to an answer by patiently asking honest, leading questions or answering their questions honestly. Moreover, I am not interested in keeping “writing secrets” from my students; if I have an opinion or critique about their paper, I will respectfully and kindly share my thoughts with the student. Also, I have learned that it is best for me to break the ice with my student at the beginning of the session, by looking into their eyes, saying “Hello” to them, and asking how their day has been. Additionally, I have learned that I should honor the social and cultural backgrounds of my students, because it will help me to help them in the most efficient way I can think of. Finally, I believe in my writing sessions there should be a collaboration between myself and the student, where we decide who has authority moment by moment.
With these understandings in mind, my goal at the end of the writing session is for the student to leave with less anxiety about their paper,…

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