As a writer, we always have some truth behind our words. This means that we must have a certain knowledge and reality of the topic we write about. However, each person has a different understanding of the knowledge. In this case, a tutor needs to know the way to interpret the writer’s work, based on the writer’s understanding of knowledge.
It is safe to say that there is an absolute truth to everything. The absolute truth is the assumption of the truth, that is universally accepted. In Social Construction ,Language and Knowledge, Bruffee said,”there is no such thing as a universal foundation, ground, framework, or structure of knowledge. There is only an agreement, a consensus arrived at for the time being by communities of knowledgeable peers (777).” This means the knowledge is only true only in a communities. Also, the truth can be understood differently based on a certain point of view, and based on the ability to describe it. For example, there was a challenge that my friends and i played in our group. One person would draw the object based on how the other described. And most of the time the object that we draw was not the same as the real object. In the end, a person understand a reality differently.
As a tutor, it is necessary to know that your understand of the truth is not similar to the writer. The way that the writer describes something will be different then the way the tutor describes. Each writer have a difference use of words, and difference way of constructing sentences and paragraphs. Because of it, the tutor should not correct the way they describe it. If the tutor changes the sentences, then the paragraph loses its originality. Instead, the tutor should focus on the clarity of the paragraphs. The main ideas is to help the writer expresses the message that he/she wants in his own words. And it’s the tutor’s job to help the writer delivers the message with his own originality.
The truth is also constructed together by discussing it together. If the tutor finds it difficult to help the writer, a conversation can help. Sometime the writer feels the need to follow the writing obligations and criteria. These obstacle can create pressure, therefore the writers may not necessary be able to express their idea fullest. It’s the tutor’s job to focus on the writer, not the writing universe. Both the writer and tutor should understand the truth together, by talking together. When there is a common understanding, the tutor should remove any ruling barrier, to help the writer expresses the ideas better. Rules and obligations can come after, but these rules should not break the originality of the text.
In the end, because knowledge is truly based on a small peers and they can construct these knowledge, the tutor should not feel any obligation to follow the universal knowledge. If the writer could not express their idea, the pressure of writing criteria will not helps. The tutor should help the write achieves clarity in their text first, then follows these writing criteria second.