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One-on-One Tutoring

Peer Tutors and Writing Center Specialists are available to tutor students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Peer Tutors are undergraduate students with strong writing skills, while the Writing Center Specialists have earned master's degrees in writing-related fields. All tutors receive ongoing professional development training, along with specialized training for working with students studying English as a Second Language. Tutoring is available on a drop-in basis and by appointment, however the Writing Center does not look at papers on the day that they are due. Online tutoring is also available to all students - click here to learn more.

 

What to Expect at Your Tutoring Session:

  • A tutor will sign you in at the front desk - you must bring your student ID in order to receive tutoring. 
  • Your tutoring session will last for approximately 30 minutes. If your paper is long (6 or more pages), you may need to schedule more than one appointment. Tutors can only look at one assignment per tutoring session. 
  • You and the tutor will begin by discussing your assignment  - even if you haven't started writing it yet (if you have the instructions or rubric, showing that to the tutor is helpful). The tutor may work with you on all of your paper or just part. You will get feedback and suggestions. 
  • The tutor will not edit your paper, as their job is to help you learn to be a better writer. They'll give you tips about finding and fixing your own errors. 
  • If your professor has asked you to provide proof that you received tutoring in the Writing Center, you can ask the tutor to fill out and sign a blue slip for you.

Classroom Presentations

The Writing Center often visits classrooms to give presentations on a variety of topics related to academic writing. Presentations are usually 15-45 minutes and can be tailored to the specific class or lesson. Topics for presentations include but are not limited to:

  • Getting Started on a Paper
  • Developing Ideas
  • 10 Common Writing Errors
  • Summarizing and Paraphrasing
  • Revising Your Paper
  • Using Sources Correctly
  • APA, MLA, CMS, CSE, and AMA Style Guides

Contact the Writing Center to schedule a Writing Center presentation.


Writing Workshops

 The Writing Center can send a group of 2-4 tutors to do a writing workshop during a class session. The tutors work with students on an assignment specific to that course, either through brainstorming and developing ideas , offering feedback on in-process drafts, or assisting with revision and polishing. 

Contact the Writing Center to schedule a Writing Center presentation. 


Small-Group Tutoring

Students who need extra support in a specific area, such as refreshing their grammar skills or practicing the basics of academic writing, can make arrangements with the Writing Center for small-group tutoring sessions. Students will work with each other and one or two Writing Center tutors to practice specific grammar or writing skills. These group tutoring sessions must be arranged in advance with the Writing Center Coordinator; they can be one-time tutoring sessions or weekly tutoring sessions. 

Contact the Writing Center for more information.


Resources for Students

The Writing Center has a variety of resources to share with students on topics ranging from grammar to citations and everything in between. Some of these resources include:

  • Handouts on grammar, academic writing, and various citations models
  • Inspiration, a software program that helps with brainstorming
  • A fun, grammar-building program called Grammar Key
  • SafeAssign specifically for draft-checking

Many of these resources are available in the Writing Center and online. Contact the Writing Center for more information.


Writing Assessments

 Certain undergraduate and graduate students are required to take the writing assessment to ensure they are prepared for the university's writing requirements. Click here to learn more.


Special Events 

The Writing Center hosts many special events throughout the year, sponsors a campus writing group, and publishes a literary blog. Click here to learn more.