Anne has received the grade for the first paper we’ve gone over together and she received a C. To be honest, I was rather surprised and disappointed in myself. Naturally, I made sure that before she turned in her essay, we had gone over the key issues that needed to be fixed. I felt like the essay she turned in was decent and would at least earn her a high B.
My first reaction to her grade was that the teacher was grading a lot tougher than I had expected. I read over the comments she wrote on Anne’s essay and they were valid remarks. Yet, for a First Year Composition class, I thought the expectations for the class would be lower.
I asked Anne if she was disappointed and she
I think from this, I’ve realized several things about tutoring.
- It’s important to understand the teacher’s expectations. I think this could have been done by visiting her office hours or looking at her course syllabus.
- To take it as a learning experience, for both the student and the tutor. Even if the student does get a bad grade, it’s probably most productive to see what mistakes she made and how they can be improved for the next essay.
Though in our tutoring sessions Anne seemed quite unaffected by the grade, I hope that her results for the next essay will be better, for the sake of her confidence as well as mine.