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So umm I... I am just starting this blog again after a long time. I am trying a new technique. I'm just speaking without preparing a text first... and then later I will be typing this out. Ummm (I) think it's going to be a lot easier to get something completed this way because when I am writing first I tend to get lost in thought and I have trouble finishing what I am trying to do. This way.. well... I'll be finished and I just have to transcribe what I have said even though I think... well, who knows, maybe it will be more interesting than what I have written and then subsequently spoken. Ummm the things I have been trying to do lately have been to get an essay written about how to tutor at LINGQ. There is already the guidelines for how to tutor at LINGQ but I've been writing an essay about my personal spin on it. It's been really hard because it's a very difficult thing to break down into a system or a strategy. Tutoring is very instinctual and um you often are just throwing spaghetti at the wall, as it were. There's an expression when ... in English when you say uh... when you're trying to do something through trial and error you say you're just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks or not. That's what tutoring is like often. You're just coming in and you are trying to make it as interesting as possible. You'll have some preparations but you don't know if it's going to work or not and you don't know if you are going to use them or not cause when you're tutoring you're always...the only rule I guess is when you're tutoring you're always trying to dance around the area where there is the most group excitement and it may not even be close to what you were prepared to tutor. Umm that's in itself a very profound statement. I mean, a lot of teachers would prefer just to teach what they prepared even if there is no excitement in the group about it. But I find that, you know, the zest of tutoring is more about being in the moment with a group and only using your plans if it fits with the moment rather than forcing the moment to fit with your plans.