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The Resilience Project & Tutor’s Perspective

  • We want to highlight the voices of tutors from writing centers around the world with images, short videos, and texts.
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Resilience Gallery

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Inspiring Resilience

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From Dr. Shireen Campbell, Davidson College, USA – I Am Inspired by Change

By |November 10th, 2020|

Thanks to rich conversations with an Associated Colleges of the South summer working group, I reaffirmed what mattered most—available, effective writing support—and changed long-standing practice. Seven weeks in, as compared to last fall, the Center has experienced a 13% increase in use of available hours despite an 18% reduction in total hours. As predicted, we have seen fewer clients, driven by a 25% reduction in first-year writing course sessions. Yet individual sessions are longer, with a 46% increase in sessions lasting an hour.

From Monicah Kiarie, Daystar University, Kenya – What Is Inspiring Me Lately?

By |October 27th, 2020|

The confinement is obnoxious—almost everything is amiss. I sure do miss seeing the before frustrated tutees grin like a Cheshire cat after a successful session. But you know what's inspiring? The hope that has stayed alive all through, hope for a better tomorrow, that come hell or high water, we will ultimately come out of this "cage" and be on the loose again.

Tutor’s Perspective

  • Jagadish Paudel

Strategies that I Embraced as an EFL Writing Center Consultant at an American University

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In this Tutor's Perspective piece, an EFL writing consultant reflects on how he developed his tutoring approaches for offering feedback. "As a newly-arrived international EFL Writing Center consultant at UTEP, I certainly encountered some initial tensions and challenges. However, despite these tensions and challenges, the two strategies that I embraced allowed me to deal with student writing and became a successful consultant. "

  • Aditi Diwan

Becoming Less: My Evolution as a Writing Center Coach

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As someone who moved to California from India at the age of eleven, I understand how even a small language correction, such as the pronunciation of a mispronounced word, can bring feelings of alienation and humiliation. By recounting and reflecting on my own experiences, I learned to ease the spotlight off myself and onto the client during sessions. I started thinking of their language differences as something that could enrich writing by adding uniqueness in the way they understand and convey meaning.

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A Sense of Sight

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However, now that we meet through chat, students are literally sharing their writing even more, just in the very act of getting help with their writing (How’s that for immersion?). And as they write, I am immersed in the possibility of personality once more. I start to read— to see— their lexicon, slang, accents, and tones of voice. Something weird is happening: I think even more about them as people.

Villanelle for the Writing Centre: A Monologue

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I am a tutor in the Writing Centre at Brescia University College, an affiliate college of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Writing this poem has given me the opportunity to explore and articulate some facets of the interconnectedness of my writing centre work and my creative practice.

Locating Voices

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I have been a writing consultant at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Writing Center. My interest in creative writing is grounded in my roots: Hawai‘i, particularly regarding issues of identity and race. Place-based pedagogy contributes to my facilitation of the collaborative process between myself and other writers.