Writing tutoring at the University is designed to supplement and enhance students’ in-class instruction. Therefore, the writing tutoring goals and objectives are aligned with the objectives of the University’s curricula.
What to Expect in a Writing Tutoring Session
Tutors work one on one in collaboration with students to help them achieve their goals. Tutors help students at any stage of the writing process. In session, tutors engage students in the process of revision; they do not simply edit or proofread. The objective of tutoring is to help students develop skills in writing and assist them in making long-term improvements.
Tutors can help students at any stage of the writing process:
- Topic brainstorming
- Thesis development
- Strategies of analysis and argument
- Essay structure and organization
- Paragraph construction
- Sentence structure
- Grammar and mechanics
Issues Addressed in a Writing Tutoring Session
When working with students on writing, tutors are trained to first focus on issues of content, organization, argument and structure. Then they focus on issues of style, grammar/mechanics, and proper documentation. Instructors may specify priorities for the writing tutoring session by contacing the Advising Center's Writing Tutoring Program: firstname.lastname@example.org / 215.717.6818
How Students Can Prepare in Advance
Students should arrive on time with goals in mind for the session. Students should always bring the assignment and all other necessary materials, which may include the syllabus, laptop (if you have one) printed draft, texts, etc.
Tutors can help students avoid plagiarism and document and cite sources properly. Plagiarism is intentionally or unintentionally using the ideas, words, data, and/or language of another author and failing to cite source material.To see the University's policies on plagiarim and academic intergrity, see the Student Handbook, section 4
English as a Second Language and Conversation Tutoring
Students for whom English is a second language may request tutoring sessions for English conversation. Student who sign up will have a weekly session in which they can practice their conversational English skills with a Peer Tutor. The session also offers students a chance to prepare speaking in class for critiques and presentations. The tutor may hold the sessions in casual settings, such as the park, a gallery, a coffeshop or in the studio.
Schedule an Appoinment(s)
- Call 215-717-6818
- Email email@example.com
- Stop by the Center in Pine Hall, suite 100, M-F, 9-5
One-Time or Weekly Tutoring
Upon request, students are assigned to work one to one with a tutor for one session or on a weekly basis. Students may request to receive tutoring for just two weeks or for the whole semester.
Who are the Tutors?
Tutors include professional advising staff in the Advising Center and undergraduate and graduate students. Peer Tutors have completed tutor training and are qualified to tutor in their subject areas. The Peer Tutor staff is comprised of more than 40 students who have excelled in their disciplines and have been recommended by their faculty. Graduate students seeking help with their thesis work are often paired with an academic advisor in the Center.