Building Relationships with Students

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.

what, how, and who to Tutor

Prompt: What did you think your work as a tutor would involve? What does it actually involve? How do you think that DKC tutors act as student leaders at UMW?


To me, tutoring was going to involve teaching and helping students learn how to use certain applications and online tools. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what I would be assisting them in, all I knew was that I myself would need to be trained and learn these skills myself.

After almost a year of tutoring, I realized that tutoring isn’t teaching per-se, but rather it’s helping other students to gain their own set of skills and teach them in a way that doesn’t include any sort of ‘social class.’ Being a student, I relate to most of the students that walk in since I’m around the same age and for the obvious fact that I’m a student. I attend classes, I’m constantly broke, I always seek out assistance, and all I want to do is sleep and eat, but the most important thing I’ve learned is to use my on-campus resources like the gym, writing and speaking center, and even the digital knowledge center.

Tutors of the DKC act like students leaders at UMW in the sense that we obtain knowledge that will help improve the community of UMW. Just like any other student aide, we are aware of the occurrences that happen “backstage”. We help to better UMW as a whole by hopefully making the changes that we constantly undergo easier for students.