Active Listening

Active listening is a skill that takes both concentration and energy. A consultant who actively listens to a writer will make statements such as "What I'm hearing you say is..." or "It sounds like..." as the writer is discussing their narrative. These statements help to grant validitiy to the writers concerns and demonstrate that the consultant is paying close attention to what the writer is saying. More specific tactics to help convey active listening include:

This section regarding active listening was complied from Chapter 3 of "The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors."
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