A student’s attitude of “get it done” is bad for anyone who wants to teach. It makes a teacher or tutor a human dictionary or encyclopedia. It reduces difficult, intricate themes and questions to bullet points.
But it absolutely destroys what I specifically do: the close, analytical reading and rereading of texts. Everything about what I do is centered around unpacking what could be wisdom slowly but surely. I’m not saying I don’t have an obligation to be clear, or to make some notes on what points could be more useful than others.
I have a significantly higher obligation to my work, though. It is proving to be thoughtful and useful to a number who want to try to grasp something different. It’s time to declare a formal end to tutoring. What I’ve been aiming for is a lot higher than most people assume. I have to believe in my own work enough for it to continue and emerge into something fully worthwhile and beautiful.