What Happens During a Tutorial
The Writing Center aids students at any stage of the writing process, from prewriting to your first draft, all the way to final revisions. The Writing Center is not an editing service; as such, you will make any necessary changes to your own papers after the paper is read aloud and discussed orally. In addition to aiding you with papers, we can provide grammar help in the form of oral exercises; research help, both for online and offline sources; and help with different styles of documentation for sources.
Prior to your tutorial, you can consult the list of tutors, their specialties, and their work hours. This list is posted under the “Tutors, Their Majors/Minors, and Available Times” link of this website. Then, call 8423 to make an appointment or drop in at the Center well before the assignment is due, preferably days in advance. Please do not bring in papers due within two hours of deadlines since we cannot guarantee that you will get the needed help that close to the deadline.
When you come to the Writing Center, remember to bring your paper (bring hardcopy OR laptop with draft on it) and any relevant materials, like textbooks, assignment sheets, notes, or sources. Try to have some specific questions related to your assignment for the tutor to address; also, if you have been referred to the Center by a professor, please bring your referral form.
Objectives and Policies
- To provide extensive or short oral read alouds and oral tutorials for students on drafts of their writing assignments. (Writing Center staff will not write essays for students nor pencil in corrections. Students will make their own corrections after tutors explain revisions or errors. Students should be encouraged to do their writing in the Center. Papers will often be read aloud orally.)
- To provide prescribed exercise work and oral discussion of exercises.
- To maintain communication with faculty regarding referrals to the Writing Center and work done there with students.
- To provide help with word processing, on-line internet searches, outlines, bibliographies, paraphrasing, and documentation.
- The Writing Center will normally be staffed from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and from 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During the evening, the Center will be open 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. In addition, it will be open until 11 pm on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights . Upper-class tutors will be available to help students.
- The Writing Center will serve students with writing needs related to any courses offered at the college.
- Students will be helped on a first-come, first-serve basis commensurate with staff time. Students on the Writing Center’s schedule will be given priority.
- Students will be helped in the Writing Center because of faculty referrals, or students may “drop in” for help when the needs arises if the staff isn’t working with someone.
- Faculty who wish to require students to attend the Writing Center regularly should notify students individually, fill out a referral form for each student, and send the student with a referral form and a writing assignment to the Center so that a regular tutorial time can be scheduled. Referrals are important since many skill-deficient students may not seek help voluntarily.
- A student who is formally referred and thus required to receive help might be told to schedule a minimum of a half hour per week or more in the Writing Center.
- In certain cases where skill-deficiency is minimal, faculty members may simply wish to recommend to certain students that they attend the Writing Center. In this situation no referral form is necessary.
- Faculty should publicize the Writing Center’s operation. Even good writers can be helped in the Center.