Writing Center Training Video

Guiding points: Reflect on the experience of watching this session? Is it how you thought it would look? Own experiences?

  • “like” “um” “you know” “totally”
  • questions
  • make sure the topic of the paper is addressed in the body of the paper
  • 3 solid supporting facts
  • need proof to support thesis
  • “show me”
  • writer has paper the whole time. tutor never takes it
  • building to the point but need data et. al
  • positive to boost confidence. just honing in on details. supportive feedback
  • at the end, point out where successful
  • negotiate priorities of the session
    • which they did by starting with the global issues of it
    • that being they need proof to support the thesis
  • be specific

As a person who wishes to work in the writing center asap (wink wink) I found this video to be extremely helpful towards what tutors do during sessions. I was afraid to think that tutors sit there, read the whole piece while the student sits there silently, and then both tutor and student discuss it. I also thought that it was the tutor who goes through and makes marks on the paper using a ferocious red pen – and thinking that is ok, because it presents a chance to learn. From the training video, I learned quite a few things, as bulleted above:

  1. The tutor doesn’t have to be a perfect mold/a mold without flaw. They are college students or in that age range, so it’s perfectly normal to be using words such as “like,” “um,” “you know,” and “totally,” all of which the tutor uses in the video every now and again. It’s a part of everyone’s speech, a word that signals the tutor is thinking — off topic I read a study that people who say ‘like’ often when talking tend to think deeper — and it puts the student at ease.
  2. The student, when writing a paper, should use a minimum of three supporting facts to support their thesis. After all, it takes at least three points to win an argument, assuming the points are valid and unoffensive, depending on the situation. One fact won’t do- anyone can pull one fact out of thin air.
  3. The tutor also, after asking questions, had the student point out certain parts of his paper. If the tutor asked “what is one reason you support this?” the student would respond with their answer, and the tutor would say “show me where it is in your paper.” This makes organizing thoughts easier, and it allows the student to figure out where their supporting facts are to return to when revising the paper.
  4. As aforementioned, the tutor never wrote one the paper. Instead, he allowed the student to write on it himself, to get him acquainted with his own writing. I want to work as an editor in the publishing industry when I’m older, and I always figured that it’s the editor’s job to mark up the manuscript in red pen. The video helped me realize that writing-centered tutors aren’t in complete control of the session, rather, the student just needs a slight push.
  5. At the end of the session, the tutor pointed out the successful parts of the paper. This is a confidence boost for the student, who, coming into the session, may not have been completely sure of their paper. By the time the session concludes and the student begins editing their paper on their own, they feel much better about what they are writing and will feel more inclined to push their potential.

One thought on “Writing Center Training Video

  1. You did a really good job of summarizing and organizing the main points of the video. You pinpointed major details that are at the core of the video and displayed them clearly. I like how this could work as reference for others in the future.


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