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Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Poetry Tutorials May 8, 2012

“I want to look at a poem I’ve been working on.”  My writer uttered these words at the beginning of a tutorial last week, and the phrase filled me with fear and anxiety immediately.  I am an English student, to be sure, and maybe that’s why she chose to make an appointment with me – but I study English literature!  I don’t write short stories or poems, I don’t workshop, and the whole business of creative writing remains mysterious and somewhat awe-inspiring to me.  I’ve heard of “those that don’t write, teach,” but when you’ve been writing mostly blog posts and the odd formalist analysis of a 19th century novel, it’s hard to know what to say.  I wondered what I could possibly offer this student, but to my surprise, I found plenty to say (as did she).  The appointment was fun, informative, and refreshingly relaxed.  As a writer (and not a poet) I may not have had much to offer, but as an engaged reader, I was able to offer insights to this struggling writer. (more…)

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Relishing the Repeating Appointment February 21, 2012

As a first-time writing tutor last term, I had new experiences and new lessons to learn almost every week.  When Winter Quarter came around, I thought I was well-versed in most types of appointments but thankfully this term has afforded something completely new – a repeating appointment.  While I enjoy all of my appointments and like helping all sorts of writers, the repeating appointment is a special opportunity to get to know someone (and their writing) more in-depth. (more…)

 

Tips For a Successful ELL Tutorial January 31, 2012

I’ve never had a conversation partner appointment, but I’d like to think that I’d know what to do with one.  The UCWbL abounds with strategies for a successful conversation partner appointment, and everyone has ideas of what to say, how to say it, and what to encourage.  We hear about it in WRD class, orientation settings, tip-sheets, and from other tutors.  What these tips didn’t prepare me for was a somewhat difficult (and confusing) writing tutorial with an English language learner – and for a paper outside my discipline, no less.  What do you do when communication breaks down in a face-to-face setting with an ELL student, though?  Your focus is different here – their writing, not their speaking – and yet the tutorial’s dependent on clear and informative conversation.  With that in mind, perhaps there is overlap between the conversation partner appointment and the ELL student face-to-face tutorial, and perhaps strategies designed for the former can be applied to the latter. (more…)

 

Welcome Back! January 11, 2012

It’s a new term and we’re excited for Winter 2012 here at the UCWbL, so remember – it’s never too early in the year to get some help with your writing!

Make an appointment today!