Man: Hi. Are you Paula?
$ Woman: Jim?
$ Man: Hi. Nice to meet you.
$ Woman: Glad to meet you.
$ Man: So, you need some tutoring in English?
$ Woman: Yeah. I’m taking English composition, and I’m not doing very well on
$ Man: Right. Um, well, first let’s see if we can figure out a time to meet .
. . that we’re both free.
$ Woman: Okay.
$ Man: How about Mondays? Maybe in the morning? I don’t have any classes
until eleven on Mondays.
$ Woman: That would work, but I was hoping we could, you know, meet more than
once a week.
$ Man: Oh. Well, Tuesdays are out. I’ve got classes and, uh, I work at the
library part time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. But I could get together on
$ Woman: In the morning?
$ Man: Probably nine-thirty would be best. That way we’d have an hour to work
before I’d have to get ready for my eleven o’clock.
$ Woman: So that would be two hours a week then?
$ Man: I could do that.
$ Woman: Oh, but, would that be extra? You know, would I need to pay you for
the extra session?
$ Man: No. Um, just so you meet me here at the Learning Center, and we both
sign in, then I’ll get paid. Tutoring is free, to you, I mean. The school pays
me. But we both have to show up. If you don’t show up and sign in for a session,
then I don’t get paid. So . . .
$ Woman: Oh, don’t worry about that. I really need the help. I won’t miss any
sessions unless I’m sick or something.
$ Man: Okay then. So you want me to help you with your essays?
$ Woman: Right. I could bring you some that have, you know, comments on them.
I’m getting C’s and . . .
$ Man: Well, that’s not too bad. Once I see some of your writing, we should
be able to pull that up to a B.
$ Woman: You think so?
$ Man: Sure. But I need to explain something. Some of my students in the past
. . . they expected me to write their essays for them. But that’s not what a
tutor is supposed to do. My job is to help you be a better writer.
$ Woman: Oh, I understand that. But you’ll read my essays, right?
$ Man: Oh yeah. No problem. We’ll read them together, and I’ll make
$ Woman: Great. I think part of the problem is I just don’t understand the
teacher’s comments. $ Maybe you can help me figure them out.
$ Man: Sure. Who’s the teacher?
$ Woman: Simpson.
$ Man: No problem. I’ve tutored a couple of her students, so I know more or
less where she’s coming from. Okay, then. I guess we’ll meet here on Monday.
$ Woman: I’ll be here. Nine-thirty you said.
$ Man: Just sign in when you get here.