Amanda P.

Tutor, Ott Memorial Writing Center

Tutoring Expertise and Passions

 My tutoring expertise and passions include any and all English papers. I am very comfortable with pretty much all projects, aside from STEM.

 

 

 

Citation Expertise

APA and MLA

Multilingual Expertise

Very Minimal Spanish

Statement of Tutoring Philosophy 

My goal is to help writers become more confident. I am usually very self-conscious of my writing and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always hated sharing it. I feel like a lot of writers have similar thoughts. Although I still sometimes struggle with wanting to share my writing, I just keep in mind that if you don’t share your writing you can’t grow and improve as a writer. So, I want the writers I work with to feel confident in what they have and I want them to feel like they are bringing something important to the table. One way I plan to accomplish this is by encouraging writers and by providing them with reassurance. A lot of times it seems like writers have ideas about their piece but are unsure if they’re “good” or even a step in the right direction. What I want to do is give writers the confidence they need to know that they are capable of creating something wonderful.

Another major thing I find absolutely necessary is making the line between tutor and writer very thin. Although I am a tutor, I wouldn’t want my level of “authority” to overshadow the conference. It is always a peer to peer ordeal. I never see it as I’m the tutor so I’m smarter, or I know more than you. This simply is not true. A way to establish this peer to peer feeling right off the bat is to greet all writers with a warm and friendly smile and hello when they come in to the writing center. Many first year students are starting to use the writing center for the first time and I know that it can be intimidating and scary to share your writing with a stranger. That being said, I think it’s best to try to make them feel comfortable right away and establish trust. I want writers to feel like their ideas matter and that they can be good writers independently, without help from me!

Goals

  • Learn how to do online appointments.
  • Utilize business cards more to gain more recurring writers.
  • Become more involved with high school outreach.