Reflection Sessions
An essential and valuable element of the service-learning experience involves the guided reflection sessions where you are given the opportunity to share your experiences and make connections between the community experience and content in your college courses. Reflection Session #1 is designed to provide a forum to discuss any problems and observations that may have arisen during the first few weeks of tutoring and allows you to “own” the program by developing it together. It also focuses on learning from each other and sharing what you have learned from the students you are tutoring. Reflection Session #2 will take place at the end of the 10-week period. This session is designed for you to analyze and make broader connections between what your experiences as a tutor may mean in relation to what you are learning in your college coursework. You will also have an opportunity to share your impressions on the strengths and weaknesses of the Tutoring/Mentoring Program. Note: You are required to attend one of the dates for Reflection Session #1 and one of the dates for Reflection Session #2.

Relection Session Dates

Reflection Paper
You are required to write a short (2 pages) final Reflection Paper to be turned on the last day of the program. This paper should discuss the experience you have had as a service-learner during your time in the program. You may want to consider the following questions when writing this paper as possible starting points; however you are free to explore your own questions:
  • In what ways did your involvement in this program benefit your personal, academic and/or professional development?
  • What similarities do you perceive between you and the people you are serving?
  • How can you positively impact educational/diversity issues at your school (from the level of individuals, communities, education, and government)?
  • What issues did you become more aware of that affect student success/failure at your school? What do you perceive as underlying issues, and why do they exist?
  • Do you think that this program is helping to deal with any of the problems facing these institutions (schools)? If so, how? If not, how could we be doing better?