Though brand new writing tutors are given an army of tools and resources to aid students in the writing process, it is inevitable that they will come across a session that they just do not know how to handle. Whether it be vague and confusing assignment descriptions, unenthusiastic students, or a discipline outside of the tutor’s knowledge-base, seemingly fruitless sessions will land in the room of almost every tutor. This essay aims to help tutors recognize when sessions may not be going anywhere, and offer them advice and specific ideas for handling these sessions in a way that has students leaving with an understanding of the writing process and a greater confidence in that process.
Brock, Olivia, "Spiders, Satan, and Uncertainty: Turning Idle Tutoring Sessions into Teaching Opportunities" (2018). Tutor's Column. Paper 31.