By Laura McAndrew
Almost two months ago, my journey to being a Writing Lab tutor began. Before I started, I wasn’t exactly sure what being a tutor would entail. I was under the impression that I would be more of an editor than anything else. I was somewhat anxious to begin the job because I didn’t know if I was qualified to “edit” someone’s paper. I was afraid students would come to me expecting to automatically get an “A” after I helped them. I was terrified of the thought of letting students down.
Then the day came.
The day I had been anticipating for most of the summer.
Writing Lab Training day.
I came into the training day expecting to learn how to edit, but I came out realizing my real purpose in the Writing Lab. I was a tutor. What does that mean; to be a tutor? A tutor doesn’t make writing perfect. A tutor helps students learn to be better writers.
This new purpose encouraged me, and helped me to be at ease about my new job. I was no longer afraid that a student would be upset when they didn’t get an “A” on the paper we worked on together. If they came back upset about their grade, that just meant we would work on the next paper even harder.
That’s right! I said “work on together”. That’s the purpose of the Writing Lab. The Writing Lab is about working in collaboration with students to create better writers.
With this newfound confidence, I began the first day of tutoring. I was still a little nervous about certain things, but I knew that there were plenty of coworkers to help me if I needed them.
I have enjoyed being able to help students at MBU. I have learned so much during these first couple of months and there is still more I will continue to learn. This experience has helped me to build relationships with students and to improve my own writing skills.
I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the rest of the year!