As the Indian filmaker Desakai once wrote “No man’s life can be summed up in its entirety in one telling”. Likewise, one year at the writing center cannot be adequately summarized by me in a few short paragrahs. Nevertheless, I shall make a brave attempt. The year began with instruction on what I now believe to be common sense. We began with “How to greet a tutor” and eventually reached tutoring advice. Nothing at this particular point interested me about the class, but what convinced me to stay was the practice tutoring sessions. These tutoring sesssions were great experiences, I was put into the role of both the tuttee and the tutor. During this session, while I was tutoring, I realized the types of useful skills that I could pick up from tutoring, and how useful it could be. Essentially, I realized that it was something that I could do, thus I stuck with it for an entire year.
The most rewarding experience that occurred for me happenned a while back, early in the school year. I do not remember the particular date or the tutees face from the time, or even their name. I do remember the topics that we discussed on that day. At this time, I was a new tutor, still uncomfortable about what to do and unsure of myself. I was really worried about how successful I would be in this particular session, specifically, because I had never been much of a communicator. Anyhow, when the tutor walked in, sat next to me and told me that they needed help with prewriting, I breathed a sigh of relief. Of all of the skills that I have acquired, I can without a doubt, name prewriting as my greatest. Little by little I edged the tutee on, suggesting hints and tidbits, until eventually they had completed the prewriting job. Due to this tutoring session, I achieved a sense of confidence about my skills, the feeling of success that I felt after this session boosted me. Due to this session I gained the confidence that I had lacked and am all the better for it.
Tutoring has changed the way that I view writing assignments of any sort. A few years back, when I began writing, I would always prewrite. Even if I knew exactly what to do about the prompt, I would still prewrite. However, as time went on, my writing became more spontaneous. I would sit there and think, then out of the blue and idea would come and I would shoot off with it, reaching the conclusion before I knew it. Since I received good marks on these papers, that were generated spontaneously, my prewriting habits fell into disuse. I would hear teachers speak about how important it was to prewrite, but I felt that there advice wasn’t suited for me. After all, I was doing well without it. However, when I tutored at the patriot writing center I came to realize how essential it was for a person to prewrite. Numerous times, I witnessed the miracles that happened to a young tutee that was suffering under writers block. I came to realize how important prewriting was, and due to these experiences, I have always prewritten before an essay.
Unfortunately, I will not be taking part as a tutor at the patriot writing center next year. I learned many skills in lab 207, communicating not being the least of them. Before I go, I wish to impart some words of wisdom to those that may follow in my footsteps. That sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it. Anyhow, patience is ALWAYS a virtue. One of the most important things for a tutor to realize, is that the results of their efforts make take some time to appear. You will likely meet some tutees who will show up next year, with a bad attitude about them, be patient and hopefully you will succeed. Also, never give up. If the tutee is unresponsive to your efforts, try a different approach, eventually one will appear that will work. Finally, If all else fails, go and get help. This is something that proves to be tremendously useful in tutoring sessions, after all, two heads are better than one.
With that, I would like to say thank you to Ms.Gray and everybody at the patriot writing center, for the great school year. I wish good luck to the future tutors and hope that you all have a great summer.