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SIOT 3

Online Tutorial report: SIOT3

I found this tutorial, based on a booklet on the history of breadmaking in Waltham Forest, very useful indeed because it was so challenging and a giant step on from the first tutorial.

One important aspect of any tutorial is the bringing together of trainees: working our way through the course on our own at home is very isolating and I think most of us have moments when we feel we’re not getting a grasp of things the way we’d hope. We’ve no way of knowing just how easy / difficult other trainees are finding things or how they are managing. On the tutorials we see that we’re all in the same boat – we all do some things right, some things not so right and that’s very reassuring.

Considering this particular tutorial, being presented with an imperfectly edited text was something very unexpected and we really angsted (is there such a word?) about how to tackle it. Nothing in the coursework really prepares you for this so you’ve got to consolidate all you’ve learnt to try to use it to help you make decisions as to presentation. “Thinking outside the box” in current jargon might be apt here. It was good for us, though!

The worst (and therefore most useful, I suppose) challenge Ann presented us with, I think, was a question about subheadings for the bakeries. I felt like scrapping mine and starting over (only my mind had blanked and I had no better ideas) and, fortunately, time had run out. I’d never before considered having restraints on the number of subheadings but, quite clearly, that can happen so it was a learning curve trying to deal with it.

The tutorial was much harder than I expected but that’s not a criticism. I thought it would be like the first tutorial (this is my second) but I’d be able to make a much better attempt at it now. Of course, I wouldn’t really have learned anything if it had been like the first one, would I?

Moira Donoghue