Handbook for Writing Tutors
Writing Services is administered by the Division of Student Affairs and we are housed, with Learning Services, Math Services, Supplemental Instruction, and Study Skills in the University Learning Center. We are partnered with these other programs as the primary services on campus that provide students with peer academic learning assistance outside of their classes.
The University Learning Center has a tradition of being a student-centered space on our campus and that is due, in large part, to the long history of writing support offered by writing tutors in Writing Services. We have provided writing & reading consultations for more than 30 years and average about 3000 appointments each year. We have grown because of our thoroughly dedicated staff, abundant administrative support, and because we have established a pattern of sensitivity to the changing needs of students. We work with the entire student body, including: students for whom English is a second language; students with disabilities; non-traditional students in need of writing skills brush-up; students writing papers in disciplines across the curriculum; at-risk students; and graduate students preparing theses, proposals, and entrance essays. We are interested in all of the writing needs of our student population.
It is essential that we make our office as comfortable as possible for students who come to us for help. The atmosphere of Writing Services at the ULC should be friendly, interested, and understanding of both the importance of writing and the difficulty of asking for writing help. Many students have the mistaken impression that our services are remedial. We like to stress the fact that besides undergraduates in every discipline, graduate students use our services, and that experienced and even published writers always seek a reader's feedback. In fact, it is most often successful students who realize the benefit of an outside reader and utilize our services.
The following links will provide more detailed information about working as a tutor in the Writing Center: