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New Tutors on Tutoring: The Perfectionist’s Beginning October 11, 2012

Filed under: tutors on tutoring — Miranda S. @ 13:12 pm
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The ‘P’ word; that snarky, dismissive label; the term that is supposedly a compliment and yet…isn’t: perfectionist. It’s something that many are accused of being and all deny that they are until the inevitable self-acceptance.

Hello, my name is Miranda, and I am a perfectionist. (more…)

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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…)