I see writing centers and tutors as an invaluable “middle man” between the professor and the student. Writing centers provide a certain freedom for students to ask questions and show their work in an environment that in the classroom they might feel were dumb questions and don’t want to be singled out for potentially “being behind” the rest of the class. The environment of a writing center is less threatening because tutors are not the ones administering or dictating their final grades. Even though they aren’t administering the grades does not mean that the students should not be as dedicated to the time they spend in the writing centers as time they would spend in the classroom.      Discussion between tutor and student promotes new idea generation and allows you to see how your writing is understood from a different perspective. Tutors don’t necessarily just point out the mistakes of the students or shoot down the concept of their works. They ask the students questions about thought process, the approach they took for their writing, and why they chose certain themes, ideas, or even word choice. Turning the situation into a discussion rather than a deposit allows the students to become more engaged in the assignment and take lessons from their tutoring sessions that they can apply to other assignments and classes. Some  see tutoring centers as “the blind leading the blind.” However, I see it as I take what I know and offer it to you and in exchange, I take something from what you bring to the table. Everyone has insight on something and has something to provide. When we turn a section of the learning process into an educational exchange, we pool our resources together to all become more well rounded students, tutors, and writers.

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