Locations and Hours
We are located in the annex across the atrium from the library.
Questions or comments? Contact Mandy Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for assistance or additional availability.
E-mailing or stopping by are the best options if you can't make any of the posted hours.
The Writing Tutorial and Tutor/Writer Responsibilities
The Writer's Responsibilities to the Tutor:
When writers come to the Writing Center, they almost always have a clear purpose in being there. They have questions about their work or about ways to approach the writing process. They want to be able to set their own agenda for writing help, or they just want an audience for their work. However, writers sometimes come because a teacher said they "had to," or because they want us to magically fix their papers. In these cases, our guidance will hopefully get even the most reluctant writers to take an active role in the tutoring session. It's our responsibility to see that the half-hour isn't wasted.
Ideally, writers come prepared for the session, arriving with at least:
- a current draft, be it seven pages or notes scrawled on a napkin
- pen or pencil
...and if relevant to their writing task, they'll also bring:
- a copy of the assignment sheet
- a verbal summary of reading material for the assignment
- teacher's comments or past graded work
Again, if the writer is not prepared, we can still do something, whether it be lending a pen or helping to brainstorm thesis topics.
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
- 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
- Attentiveness and good listening skills
- Appreciation of the writer's efforts and achievements
- Acceptance of new ideas and perspectives
- Ability to tactfully bring up other opinions and points of view
- 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.