The Writing Center works collaboratively with undergraduate and graduate students to help them develop and craft their writing. Usually, tutors first help writers address larger issues, such as focus, organization, and development; then, tutors assist writers with sentence-level issues, such as grammar, punctuation, and diction. Tutors can help writers:
- Understand assignments
- Generate ideas
- Develop a focus
- Organize and plan essays
- Develop ideas
- Revise drafts
- Improve proofreading and editing skills
- Prepare for the WPST
The Writing Center tutors do not proofread papers. Instead, tutors work with each student to develop his/her editing skills.
Tutoring by Appointment
Most students meet with their tutors weekly at the same day and time. You and your tutor will develop priorities for improving your writing over a period of time. Your weekly appointment will be reserved for you until you indicate that you no longer wish to continue. To schedule an appointment, complete the Online Tutor Request Application or stop by the Writing Center and complete an E-application. To complete this application, you will need to know your campus email address and your Student ID. Usually, students will receive email appointment information within one to three days.
If you can't make a face-to-face appointment, you can now get writing help online. The Online Writing Center will work collaboratively with students to help them develop their writing. Usually, tutors first help writers address larger issues, such as focus, organization, and development; then, tutors assist writers with sentence-level issues, such as grammar, punctuation, and diction.We also offer online tutoring to help students prepare for the WPST.
As part of the course requirements, all English 1006 (Introduction to Composition) and English 3000 classes include at least one hour of tutoring per week. The required hour is scheduled when a student registers for his/her class. Students in these courses take part in group tutoring at the Writing Center. During the session, the group, with the tutor acting as facilitator and resource, works collaboratively on improving critical reading skills and learning and applying successful writing strategies. Occasionally, the Writing Center will offer group tutoring for specific subjects when the need arises. For example, in Fall 2014, a group session for students in English 4850 was formed.
If a student is enrolled in ESL 1000, ESL 1005, or ESL 2000, he or she will attend a tutoring session once per week as part of the course's requirements. These sessions are one-on-one and usually focus on helping students learn to self-edit. In addition, tutors aid students with global concerns such as focus and development. The Writing Center also offers specialized ESL tutoring to students not enrolled in the above ESL courses.
WPST General Tutoring
Need to prepare for an upcoming WPST? We want to help. During a WPST tutoring session, the tutor will help the writer learn to decipher prompts and understand the WPST scoring guide. Tutors may also review an essay the writer has written to a WPST prompt and provide suggestions for revision.