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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.
Services for graduate students
Graduate students working on their thesis may work one-to-one throughout the semester and academic year with an academic advisor or tutor.
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
Scheduling Tutoring Appointments
Schedule a one-time, or weekly tutoring appointment for any course / subject by clicking this link.
- First you will need to make & verify a student profile with your UArts email.
- After clicking the link you will be able to search for a tutor by name or course
- You can view the tutor's availability for session, and make an appointment(s) to meet with them!
- After you make your appointment you will receive an email with a GoBoard link to use to access your meeting.
- If you can't find a tutor for your course, or need help scheduling an appointment please email email@example.com or Hanna Weckel
- Instruction guides on how to schedule one-time, and recurring appointments.
- Meet the UArts Writing Tutors
- Inside the Tutoring Sessions
- ESL & Conversation Tutoring
- Online Resources
- Info for Faculty
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.
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 contacting 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.
English as a Second Language and Conversation Tutoring
Students for whom English is a second language may request tutoring sessions for English conversation. Students who sign up will have a weekly session in which they can practice their English speaking, reading & writing skills with a Peer Tutor. The session also offers students a chance to prepare speaking in class for critiques, and presentations.
UArts Library Resources
- First Year Writing Resources specific to UArts COMP courses
- Guides made to help you progress through the research process
- Take a look at these subject guides created by the UArts Librarians for UArts courses
- Here is a Citation Guide to help you avoid plagiarism
Free Online Resources
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) has many great free writing materials & instructions to assist students in the writing process.
- Harvard Writing Center has great guidelines for all stages of writing an essay - from beginning to brainstorm to editing the final draft.
- Kurzweil 3000 offers many tools that support students in reading, writing, note taking, studying, and testing.
- Here is an online library that offers many eBooks & eTextbooks
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 plagiarism and academic integrity, see the Student Handbook, section 4
If you have any general questions about the tutoring program, or have a student you would like to recommend as a tutor, please email Hanna Weckel, email@example.com.
Writing Fellow Program
The Writing Fellow Program is an extension of the writing support offered through the Advising Center. Our mission if to deepen student engagement through facilitating responsive, supplemental writing instruction to Critical Studies and Art History courses.
Once assigned to a course, the Writing Fellow should meet with the instructor to review class expectations, syllabus, and assignments. It is also good to have the fellow attend a class, and introduce themselves to the students. The Writing Fellow is available to help students on a required, voluntary, or as-need basis.
Writing Fellows are recommended by staff, high achieving students, and have all completed necessary tutor training with the Advising Center.
The Writing Fellow Program is administered by the Advising Center and the Critical Studies Program. If you would like to request a Writing Fellow for you class, or have any questions please contact Blanca Gonzalez, firstname.lastname@example.org, Hanna Weckel, email@example.com, and Emily Mattingly, firstname.lastname@example.org.