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my friend is so cute! haha she messaged me the moment she got home from class letting me know she got a B on her essay, and how happy she is and thanked me for helping her haha. i told her it was all her and i only helped her…and that i was proud of her. she messaged me back saying i helped her a lot because english isn’t her first language….she’s an international student…so she has a lot of pressure to do well in her studies, and to write a college level paper…but she often tells me that her way of thinking is so different that she has trouble getting it onto paper so that other’s can understand. I love helping her, i love how appreciative she is, it just makes helping her all that much more rewarding. i love asking her questions that helps her expand her thinking, and understand her meanings on what she is trying to say…..it’s so much fun giving her suggestions and guiding her. not long ago i took a few trainings on tutoring writing and was told that most of the students who come to the writing center for help are often international students. our job isn’t to tell them how it should be written, but to guide them, and ask them questions that can help them understand better, and to get them to think more about what they want to say….it takes a lot of patience to try to understand where they are coming from, and where they are going with their paper…..of course i didn’t stick around long enough to learn more or to actually work in the center…..but it’s pretty much common sense isnt it? when tutoring and helping someone with their paper? i mean our job isn’t to write the paper for them, or tell them how what they should do…but to guide them…but at the same time, i sometime forget that it’s not my paper, and i can’t think of it as my paper and become a perfectionist because it’s happened haha. i sometimes try to help and i end up writing the paper haha.
i helped sister with her essay and she got an A hahaha she said she’s never gotten an A on an essay before….when she came to me for help, i was in the middle of helping my friend with her paper…so i told her to just leave her paper there and i will get to it in a few minutes. basically she was stuck on an idea/example for a paragraph….so i did some brainstorming for her on that paragraph by writing down some examples and sentences, and correcting the one or two sentences she had….she ended up using what i wrote as her paragraph haha….then as i am getting ready to shower she goes and asks me to look over her paper…really? haha so i took a quick glance and told her some parts of her paper is so hard to read…it was a little painful almost haha….so again had to tell her to change this and that, say this instead of that, change this word, remove this sentence blah blah….i was losing patience cause i just wanted to shower.
the last time i helped her with her paper….i ended up pretty much writing her paper for her haha….she was at the computer and i was hanging out on the couch and basically telling her what to write haha……i knew that she was going to keep bugging me if i left it all up to her…so in order for her to stop asking me…i had to take matters into my own hands.
anyway…..i am glad with my help, two people were able to get a good grade on their paper.er
i am more proud of my chinese friend getting that B on her english literature/critical thinking class because english is not an easy language to learn and to have to write a college level paper in a language she is not that comfortable in is a big deal haha. i often tell her that english may not be her first language, and even though she may struggle with english, she writes better than some of the papers i have read during my days in english class when we had to do peer editing. even native english speakers struggle with english…so yes, i am so proud of her B! haha not to mention the articles and readings she had to do….it’s not an easy class and not an easy read, esp. for her…but that fact that she was able to apply the readings to her paper despite not fully understanding the reading since it’s a lot of reading in a short amount of time…..i am in awe…not to mention the twenty something units of class she is taking…on top of all of her art projects she has to do and working on her portfolios….i don’t know how she does it haha.
she’s so cute though….she just wanted to let me know so she messaged me as she was studying for her test on thursday. not long ago she messaged me saying she was a bad friend because she hasn’t had the time to talk to me hahah it was so random but i told her to not even worry about it because i understand. then she went on and said she wanted to message me because we havn’t talked in awhile haha. so cute. then she wanted to schedule a day to meet up. i have to say…she is one of my favorite person in california haha…she’s so cute and adorable haha.