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Tutorial Postscript: Advice for Teacher

This is the second "essay" in the student's portfolio. Unlike the second Summary/Response, which the student will have time to discuss with you and revise several times, this will be done in one week, primarily on the student's own. In discussing the assignment, though, you should focus on the fact that the student has plenty of practice getting a main idea across to a specific audience using personal experience (narrative) and examples from texts. The only thing that is different about this task is it is a different kind of main idea (essentially, an argument). You should also start from a discussion of who the audience is for this essay, and what the student thinks that audience will expect.

The goals for this assignment are:

More on setting up the assignment: In the tutorial session in which you discuss this assignment (week 14), you should first talk about audience. Give the student some time to analyze the audience (the Writing Center Director) and talk about how that will affect his/her writing (in terms of evidence, format, etc.). Then ask the student to make some connections about things s/he has learned that will be useful in this assignment (concrete detail, making sure textual evidence is relevant, etc.). You might get the student started writing while s/he is still there, so you can answer any questions that come up. You might also couch this as a "less formal" assignment (a postscript is a one-on-one communication - it's like a letter, only to a more "formal" recipient) to ease any anxiety.

Be sure to encourage your tutee to use the strategies you've discussed throughout the semester - you don't want the time constraints of this last assignment to push your student back into a last-minute process. Suggest prewriting exercises, outlines, or any other techniques you've discovered. Also, remind the student that the web forum is available for them to give and receive feedback from other students. They should plan to post a draft to the forum a few days early and read at least one other draft (both to respond and to get ideas for their own draft).

Responding to the assignment: Remember that at this point you are strictly a "coach." You should talk to the student about choices s/he made and why. If the student has any specific concerns, you could discuss them together. The writer should be encouraged to bring the essay on disk, so any last-minute changes can be made during the final tutorial session. Primarily, though, your role is just to pass the portfolio on to the Writing Center Director for evaluation.

Tutorial Self-Evaluative Postscript

You're almost done! Your final task is to write a "postscript" to your portfolio, in which you talk about why, based on this final assignment and your progress this semester, you think you are (or are not) ready to register for CO150.

Purpose: To make an argument for why you feel you are (or are not) ready to register for CO150, using evidence from your experiences this semester and the papers you've written.

Audience: The Director of the Writing Center. Be sure to think about what this person's expectations are likely to be. Why might s/he want you to answer this particular question? What kinds of things will you need to show? What kind of development will this person expect?

You're also, though, answering this question for yourself. It might be a good idea to do some prewriting for this essay, like you did for Narrative 1. This may help you recognize all that you've learned in the tutorial & how your writing has changed, in addition to helping you gather your thoughts for the essay itself.

The goals are either to show the Writing Center Director that you're now ready to take CO150 (and be successful), or to make a case for why you feel you should be permitted to repeat the tutorial for one more semester. In either case, you'll want to provide a clear focus (thesis statement) and develop your thoughts with examples from your experience in the tutorial and the essays you've written. If it's appropriate, you might compare/contrast your writing at the beginning of the semester with your writing now.

If you're having trouble getting started, by all means use the resources in this packet, including the section on "Writing Under Time-Pressure." You might also discuss your ideas with a friend, roommate or relative. Try to write a draft early in the week, so you will have time to take a break and have someone else give you feedback before you hand it in.