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Wonderful things to hear from students

One thing you all haven't seen yet is the feedback we receive from students about our consulting practice though our online surveys. It's heartening to me to hear the voices of these students, who often express appreciation for what we do in wonderful, smart ways. Thanks to Katie for sharing this lovely comment from a recent student (and huge thanks to Emily H, who received this comment and gave me permission to share with you all):

"My consultant was very helpful in all respects she even helped me expand ideas I had about my topic and was very helpful in giving me great direction without writing or giving me anything. She helped expand my ideas through asking interesting questions."

I was struck by how much this comment resonated with our discussions of Brooks, North, and Harris. Doesn't it express the ideal of Socratic questioning and minimalist tutoring? I recognize, as we discussed, that such methods don't always work, but when they do... geez, how cool.


Yeah I was wondering if we were ever going to get the chance to see the email feedback...I thought I remembered you saying that it was similar to the blogs or c4w session comments in that it's open to everyone...?

Good question, Maggie. The survey results are not visible to everyone (to protect student anonymity), but Katie puts together the compiled #s and comments for each consultant several times a semester to give you some feedback on your tutoring. I definitely think we should do it for our Oct 5th meeting.

I have seen Emily H "in action" in appleby and she really does have this great way of connecting with her tutees in a sort of motherly, teacherly/friendly sort of way. Great job Emily H. (dont know if she reads the blog)

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