Monday, March 09, 2009

~the fine line~

~I need your input...

~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...

2 comments:

Amy said...

It is hard to say because I don't know exactly what she is asking for help on. Translating stuff into spanish, I'm guessing. Maybe you could compromise and tell her you'll look it over for her when she's done and point out what is wrong?

Chele76 said...

sounds like you are on the right path with hnot spoon-feeding her the answers. If she keeps coming to you, keep with the same approach. Either she'll learn and eventually not need your help (or the class will be over - lol) OR she'll get sick of not getting the answer and leave you alone! lol