Monday, March 09, 2009
~the fine line~
~In my office we have 'student workers', basically university students who are working on their Bachelor's degree. It has become public knowledge that I am fluent in Spanish. There is a student taking a 200 level Spanish course. You can see where this is going, right?
~I have helped her one time previously, with an assignment. Just to show my age, these assignments are done on-line nowadays...not paper & pen when I was doing my undergrad degree, you know, back in the stone-ages.
~Anyway, today she came to me with another request for help. I don't want her to just slack off and come to me with all her homework, and I don't think she has, but it just feels like she wants me to TELL her what the answer is, she types it out and submits it to her professor.
~I agreed to help her today, however I did NOT just give her the answers. I helped her to figure it out for herself and I let her make grammatical errors with the hopes that she would catch them on her own...and on most she did. I did not correct every single answer (there were only 5) because I think she still needs to learn for herself and fixing everything for her is ultimately not helping her.
~So, my question is where do I draw the line? How much is too much? Every other week? Once per month? How often would you say it's "OK" for her to come for help, which is really just coming to ask me for the answers...