Over the course of the semester we have used this blog to post about different topics and methods associated with peer tutoring. Although i have never been much of a blogger, having a resource to extend our thoughts to other students across the country has been incredible fulfilling. Blogging is rather impersonal, but it is a forum in which we can address issues and problems that may otherwise go unanswered. Using tone and different writing styles can be helpful to get a better feedback from our peers, but by posing questions and posting comments we have developed a mutual respect with one another and has made us all better writers and tutors.
Dealing with people that i have never met has actually been more beneficial than talking with people that i know. Being blind to who is talking is helpful because it opens the opportunity to be completely honest with the person on the other end of the connection. New perspectives and new ideas are also generated when we utilize minds not only here in Boulder, but also from students around the country from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
While working in a writing center we are subject to hundreds of different topics that come across our desk and at some point it is inevitable that the students opinion could be challenging to our fundamental beliefs. The discourse could range from a small difference in beliefs to a very strong and passionate one, but as a tutor we are there to help the student to the best of our abilities. Due to the election year we might be coming face to face with a paper that talks about a certain political position. I myself am very interested in politics and have formed opinions of my own, and if I have a paper that is completely disregarding my views it may be difficult for me to discuss the subject matter. But regardless of how different our views are, as a tutor I can put away my own opinion and read through his paper and help them with their mechanics, flow, style, organization, formatting, and grammar. It might be painful to read the ideas presented in the paper, but it’s a price we must all be willing to pay. I believe that the only time we should refuse our services to a student is when they obviously don’t want our services and maybe they are being forced to come to the writing center or other circumstances. Because if a student actually wants our help and is willing to meet with us, regardless of his opinion, they deserve a look.
Hello there class! My name is Cameron Sadler and i was born and raised in Evergreen, Colorado. I have grown up skiing mountains all over the state and the happiest i could possibly be is being knee deep in powder! I’m excited for this class because thus far it has been entertaining, informative, and educational.