Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

You have several options:
1) use our online scheduler,

2) stop by during our walk-in hours, and we'll do our best to assist you, or

3) email us at apheatwole@smcm.edu for assistance or additional availability. 

E-mailing or stopping by are the best options if you can't make any of the posted hours.

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Meet the Tutors:

Sam

 

Sam Cameron

Major: History

Minor: Educational Studies

 

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The Writing Tutorial and Tutor/Writer Responsibilities


The Tutor's Responsibilities to the Writer:

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Our primary responsibility is to try to give the writer something, such as knowledge, ideas, or enjoyment, that will be helpful to the writer long after the end of the tutoring session. The more successful we are in these attempts, the less we will have to worry about problems such as plagiarism and dependent writers. We should try to help the writers to:

  • Enjoy the writing process
  • Learn skills such as
    • Idea generation, pre-writing, and organizing
    • Writing drafts
    • Proofreading
  • Realize that immediate attention to certain areas will improve their writing
  • Overcome difficulties that classes don't alleviate
  • See how they could answer specific questions for themselves
  • Have confidence that, with practice, they can write well

Of course, certain tutor characteristics are also necessary, such as

  • Friendliness
  • Attentiveness and good listening skills
  • Patience
  • Appreciation of the writer's efforts and achievements
  • Acceptance of new ideas and perspectives
  • Ability to tactfully bring up other opinions and points of viewWriting Center
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of writing issues

Many of these go without saying, but we feel it's always important to be reminded of our goals from time to time. It's easy to forget to praise a writer's strong points in our rush to get the job done. We have to always remember that the writer is ultimately the one turning in the work, and we want to help them to the best of our ability.