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Consultant Spotlight

September 27, 2013

Getting to Know Our Consultants 

This week, we would like to introduce Bryce Arghiere, a second year graduate student in Appalachian State’s geography program. A first year consultant, Bryce shares with us his ideas about writing center sessions, his own writing process, and his deep love for Daffy Duck.

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  1. What is your tutoring philosophy?I don’t really have a tutoring philosophy. I take bits and pieces of the different philosophies I’ve read about and what they say tutoring is –should it be directive or in-directive. I think I ask more questions than speak. I like for it [the session] to be like a conversation if it can.
  2. What is your writing process? My writing process is a lot less organized than what I suggest to students. What is suggest to students is that it would help to have an outline or a clear topic sentence. I don’t always do that.
  3. What do you do? I get a few ideas and I write them out—it’s a bit of a sloppy brainstorm that I relate to main ideas.
  4. What is your favorite word. Why? Cacophony. It’s a series of contrasting sounds or harsh sounds. The word always reminded me of the definition because the sound is in it.
  5. What is the most interesting place you’ve been to? Why? I went Detroit this summer. It was interesting because of the huge contrast between neighborhoods and ethnic groups. Some of the city’s nicest neighborhoods border areas that are almost completely blighted. I’ve never been anywhere else where the contrast between neighborhoods is so clear and confined to such a small space. Really wealthy people lived on one street and then, a street later, almost every home would be blighted.
  6. If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why? Daffy Duck. I think I like his energy. He is vibrant and happy. I also like his colors—the black and orange.

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