Right Place, Wrong Time
Consulting sessions in the writing center occur at a unique time during the writing process. Generally, a student will bring in an entire draft of a paper– oftentimes with the idea that it is completely finished–for a tutor to look over. Thus, we do not have the advantage of engaging the student over the entire writing process but only during a small sliver in medias res. Approaching a student writer in the middle of his or her work as opposed to either extremes of chronological time–namely, the beginning or the end–limits a consultant’s ability to engage the student effectively in a sequential, temporal sense.