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Fall 2017


The reason I chose to write my tutors column on interpersonal communication is the application it has in every tutoring scenario. Without effective interpersonal communication skills, you might not be able to develop the feedback that is most beneficial to your peer. Instead of helping them uncover their voice and passion for writing, you might become a broken record, repeating grammar issues that they knew they had but were too lazy to fix prior to the session. As a tutor, we are expected to be masters of the English language. We can catch problems in a paper that most students wouldn’t realize are there, and we can use our logical knowledge to assess any situation. That is why interpersonal communication skills are so vital for tutors; they will help create an environment of trust and intimacy so we as tutors can best help any situation.