I tell her not to try too hard to sound “smart” or “extra sophistated” in her paper.
“Establish Your Own Voice”: An Ethnographic Vignette of A Tutoring Session
Vanessa Ofori

There’s something really fascinating here about the way in which we would rather reading look clean (simple sentences, follows grammatical rules — easier to understand! — and the struggle to ‘sound smart.’ In fact, you don’t sound like anything in writing, except the voice in your head. Do you think there’s something interesting about the relationship between voice and writing that could be more explicit to help people learn to write? Is there something about the technologies of mass communication (pencil, computer, increasingly your smartphone) that make it harder or easier to ‘have a voice’ or ‘find your voice’ as a writer? (What’s the history of the phrase, anyways?!)