Gabriella completed an internship with the BYU Research and Writing Center as a Writing Consult during the Winter 2021 semester. Here is what she has to say:
I expected to obtain some level of training in the "do's" and "do not's" of tutoring. What I got instead was a series of principles and practices to guide my tutoring; and ultimately, the choice of how to tutor effectively was left for me to decide. I really appreciated this level of instruction and freedom, along with the diligence of our intern coordinator and the selection of readings and tutoring practice I received. It was incredibly informing.
What did you learn unexpectedly?
Tutoring at a research and writing center comes with its own catalogue of concerns, intellectual conversations, and questions. It's like a whole sphere of academia I never knew existed before. Through my reading and instruction, I was able to get a taste of that space and found the world of tutoring to be a lot more complex than I thought it would be.
How have your future plans changed?
I've enjoyed my brief time at the RWC more than I expected. Because of that, I've considered heading into editing based jobs, or potentially finding a way to continue working at a research and writing center if I pursue graduate work and become a professor.
Would you recommend this internship to others?
Yes! The work environment was so friendly, and I loved the support of the internship group I had. I also found that my writing skill increased the more I learned about tutoring. It was as though I was able to self-tutor through the new content that I learned through the internship.