By: Rickie Ross
I am here in the Writing Lab today working to help students to become the best writers they can possibly be. Well today is my second day of work, and to be honest, I have already realized that I am, in fact, not the best tutor out there. This may come as a shock to some of you, although somehow it does not to me, but it’s the absolute truth, I must admit. So what does that mean? Give up? Not at all! My job is to make the students I tutor believe in themselves and help them to become the absolute best writers they can be. This takes time. It takes practice. It takes… relationship. The people that come to have their papers worked on are just that, people. They each come with their own successes and failures, their own hills and valleys.
That being said, I need to be the best tutor I can be so that I can help students to become the best they can become. I need to build relationships with the people that come to me for help so that they will feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas with me. I want to make people realize the potential in themselves and, therefore, have confidence in their writing, knowing that they too have a voice to be heard. Yes, some of my job will consist of editing and fixing small grammatical mistakes, but I think my overall purpose as a writing tutor is much more than that. I think it is to help students fulfill the potential they have as writers and to make themselves see just how much power they have in their own voices. Attitude makes all the difference.
So… as an extremely inexperienced writing tutor, I hope to reach other inexperienced tutors going through the same nervous, unprepared feelings I am. I guess I don’t really have advice because anything I say at this point would simply be my feeble opinion, but I do know that if our job is to help students see and live up to their full potential, we should be able to do the same. We should believe in ourselves and keep trying, even when we fail. They don’t know we’ve never done this before. So let’s try our best and learn from our mistakes and work our hardest to become the best tutors we can possibly be. No matter who you are reading this, believe in yourself, work your absolute hardest, and be a better tutor (or whatever else you do) than you were yesterday. We can do this!