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First bout of tutoring...

I... very well may give myself an ulcer ^^;. *worryworryworries*

Today I had 2 hours of tutoring work... one was a "drop-in" session at 9-10am, where I basically just do random work around the office, while I wait for a student who needs English tutoring to possibly come in. Then at 1-2pm, I had my first tutoring session with Aya and Mako. I had no idea what to fill their session time with-- I worried over it for several hours, actually ^^;. All I could come up with was editing their papers that are due on Friday, but Dr. Brown told me tutors are not really supposed to edit papers... so I helped them to edit their papers anyway XD;. Tutors cannot mark student papers, but I was all pointing at their papers, and saying "Well, why don't we reword/add this/etc here..." My winging-it attempt at tutoring didn't not coincide with the Learning Center's tutoring rules at all >.>;;;. I want to be traaaaaa~ined, I have no idea what I'm doooo~ing >.>;;;;;;... *worries and dies*

Thankfully, there's a tutor-certification class that I'm attending tomorrow (and still pondering on whether or not I'll be actually enrolling in it). That's my training, apparently, so I'm psyched to get a little direction on what I'm supposed to be leading the student to do during a tutoring session ^_^. Maybe I can worry a little less once I actually understand HOW they want us to tutor. Because I have no clue at the moment. *worries some more*

Also, I got tied up with some work for my boss at my 9-10am drop-in this morning, and was about 1 1/2 minutes late to my Creative Writing: Fiction class. Omg, I thought my teacher was going to eat me ;_;. *was terrified* That's never happening again >.>;. *will be super careful to get done with tutoring/work on time from now on*


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Jan. 21st, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
I got woken up by your text this morning, and I had hoped that it would go well for you.

Well it IS your first day, so perhaps you're just used to what you're suppose to do. But once you fall into routine, I'm sure it'll be easier!

I, for one, don't really have any real training, so if you can pass on some tips, let me know. XD;; At least I'm dealing with like elementary school kids... and mainly what I have to do is making sure they're doing their homework and help them if they need help. I will NOT, however, tell them the answers so they can get their homework done because that goes against my integrity. >.>

YOUR FICTION TEACHER SOUNDS TERRIFYING! ;-; Uwah, M-sama, it'll be okay! All the psycho'ness will go away once you get used to everything, I'm sure!
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
I'll look through my tutoring tip worksheets, and pull some pearls of wisdom for you sometime ^o^. I wonder which would be more fun... tutoring elementary kids, or college students... We can confer the pros and cons sometime XD.

I've managed to not be late to creative writing class again, so I'm on her good side at the moment ^_^. There are people that show up late almost every day though, and I have to think that their attendance grade will be horrible, since they never get their names on the sign-in sheet o.O;.
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
Elementary kids just don't know how to be quiet and do their worrrrrrrk! XD;; Well at least that's my experience. perhaps I'm just too nice. But that's so illogical. Why would you not listen to a nice teacher aide? And risk getting a mean one? *constantly feels like she's going to get fired for not being able to control the class*

*hugs* Well just worry about yourself. ^o^ You're doing just fine I bet! *squish squish* They should really get their act together and get to class sooner if they want to save their grade!
Mar. 18th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
The problem with my college students is... they always expect me to know the answer to EVERYTHING. I've had a few jerks sneer at me, when I said I didn't know the answer, but I would help them look it up. I'M NOT AN ENCYCLOPEDIA!!! I'm just a college student tooo~o...

The students that I tutor regularly are really good, for the most part, though. Aya and Mako and Saya are all fun to tutor for their ESL classes ^^. We always manage to get off topic, and talk about Japanese stuff, too XD. They're all impressed at my Japanese pop culture knowledge, since I know way too much about jpop and jdramas/movies ^^;;;. I tend to start off sentences with "Don't think I'm too dorky, but..." when the conversation veers toward stuff like that XD;.

I haven't been late to my Creative Writing class anymore, this semester... *feels accomplished* I've learned how to duck out of the building, before my boss at the Learning Center can ensnare me into a long-winded conversation XD;.
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I always go "WELL THAT'S WHY I'M NOT A ______ MAJOR" or "THAT'S WHY I'M NOT GOING TO BE A ______ TEACHER" when my kids ask me. XD

I want students like that. XD I bet it's really fun that you're able to get off-topic and all. Makes it less tedious. X3

*squishes you* Congrats M-sama, I'm proud. I wouldn't want your prof to eat you or something horrible like that. XD;;
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