As a writer myself, it is very easy to fall down the rabbit hole of being confident that I have successfully written about the topic that my professor has assigned. It is a wonderful skill—that is, until I get the final product back with a grade that isn’t as satisfactory as I would like. This confidence means I don’t always seek a second set of eyes to affirm whether or not I have successfully met the requirements my professor has met, and in doing so creates my personal dilemma and philosophy.
It is my belief that one cannot be an exceptional writer without putting in the effort to actively understand how they write—and by association, build a confidence that they are writing something worth submitting— and it is my belief that without admitting fault, one cannot grow. Therefore, as a tutor, it is my philosophy not to simply provide the resource of the writing center as a one time use on a single paper, but to build a confidence in the writer that can be carried across their other academic writings. It isn’t about the minute fixes that can be made in a single appointment, but the concepts that can be taken from that appointment and applied after the conference has ended in the writer’s own schedule.