As I have not had any tutoring sessions since last Wednesday, I have not had the opportunity to apply the suggested structured interview techniques, behavioral observation, or formulating a diagnosis.
I think, as the DKC is a service for the students of UMW in assisting them with their assignments, we help them to realize the value and importance of incorporating both the content and technical aspects of what they might be producing. As a student myself, I’m interested to know what classes are using UMW domains, umwblogs, wordpresss, etc. The reaction from students vary from their interest in using these online applications. It usually depends on their major and what the purpose is for their blogging. I think the best way to show the importance of technology to these students is by telling them the value of understanding basic tools that will help them in their future classes and their future in general. I think by showing them that we are constantly using our laptops, tablets, and phones, and for this reason it is valuable to understand the technology that we’re using, and the purposes we’re using it.
As a student, building relationships with students that come in, feels like it is second nature to me. I start off by asking for their name, what they need help in, and what class this is for. I take them through the tutorial and steps that need to be taken, whenever something takes too long to load, I will ask them questions about their major, where they are from, how they are liking the course they are taking, what year they are in, and from there conversation will start. I think and believe that if you show honest interest in the students that you tutor, they will be more grateful for the help that you’re assisting them in, and show more interest in the DKC as more than just a service, but rather as a place that they feel welcomed to return to at any time. Also, usually at the end of my tutoring sessions, I ensure that they’ve learned as much as they could and encourage them to return to the DKC with any further questions they may have.
I think any new information and knowledge that we gain is valuable to any student. I think enforcing and reminding the student of this, is a great and simple way to help them point out that what they are doing, is a great use of their time.