Name: Dallas Jeffs
Program: Technical Writing
What attracted you to becoming a Peer Tutor?
I thought peer tutoring would be a great way to get more involved with the BCIT community (since I’m a part-time student I’m only on campus once a week for class.) Plus, tutoring fellow students in writing is a really effective way to reinforce the lessons I’m learning in my own head and get extra practice utilizing all sorts of writing techniques.
How has tutoring helped you?
I’m pretty new to BCIT so I didn’t know about tutoring before becoming a tutor myself. However, working as a tutor has already taught me a lot about English grammar rules and conventions. Grammar has always come naturally to me, which is both a blessing and a curse because I’ve never had to learn the actual rules, and what different types of words are called. Now I’m already getting much better at explaining proper grammar and sentence structure to my peers, and spotting different grammar conventions in my own work.
If you could give one piece of advice to a BCIT student what would it be?
Don’t worry too much about being really good at something right away, or getting your assignment perfect the first time. You’re here to learn, so try to focus on improvement rather than perfection.
What would your dream job be when you leave BCIT?
Right now I work as a freelance writer, and I decided to take the Technical Writing program so I’d have more skills and a certificate to prove it. Basically I’d like to continue doing exactly what I’m doing, but get paid more to do it!
If you had a free day, how would you spend it?
I’d like to work on my own creative writing projects — I always want to enter short fiction contests but I find I never have the time to write a good creative piece. I’d also do something active like going for a hike, or bouldering like in my photo.