Some students are intimated by writing at a university level. Often, self-degrading comments will be made, in which the tutor will reject and attempt to build their confidence. Is there a correct way to empower each student? McCarthy and Weimer suggest giving specific feedback, using starter terms, picking a topic relevant to the author, helping them feel competent, acknowledging the effect a writer can have, and giving the student the option to choose. By using these tactics, the tutor can shape the student’s feelings for writing and help them become an independent writers.
Mozingo, Sara, "Power to the Writer" (2017). Tutor's Column. Paper 10.