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Writing Program

What can I expect from my tutor?

Tutors will

  • Listen to your questions about your writing assignment
  • Help you with brainstorming for ideas
  • Help you develop strategies for revision
  • Give you advice about your thesis
  • Give you advice about adequate support for your arguments/ideas
  • Give you feedback about how well you are addressing your audience
  • Give you advice about paragraph structure
  • Give you advice about sentence structure
  • Provide you with grammatical error analysis

Tutors will not

  • Tell you what to do
  • Proofread your paper
  • Rewrite your paper
  • Correct your paper
  • Guarantee a better grade on your paper

Connecting with a Tutor

Stop by anytime, but we encourage you to meet with a writing tutor on a regular basis if you want to significantly improve your writing skills. Remember, tutors work a limited number of hours, so you need to make an appointment ahead of time.

  • Plan ahead.
  • Make an appointment in advance: Schedule Online through ASC Tutoring or stop by the Academic Success Center (ASC) on the 3rd floor of the Sadie Hartzler Library.
  • Bring a copy of your assignment, a typed copy of your paper, a pen or pencil, and any additional materials you’re working with such as outside sources, etc.
  • Come prepared to work—no matter what stage of the writing process you’re in. Allow 30-45 min. for your tutoring session.*

Tutors are trained to guide you in the writing process during the first tutoring session and ask important questions such as

  • Have you met the assignment?
  • Do you have a thesis/focus?
  • Is the paper organized?
  • Are the paragraphs adequately developed?

You may be impatient, thinking, I need editing help! Grammar and punctuation tutoring often requires a second appointment. Each tutoring session only lasts 30-45 minutes total.

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