Tutoring Guidelines for the Writing Center
Tutoring in the Writing Center is designed to increase student success and foster independent learning. Tutoring for writing is available during all hours of operation as walk-in service or by appointment. Call x5325 or go to WC Online to make an appointment.
Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes. Students may have up to one hour of tutoring per day (no back-to-back sessions except in instances of DSPS-registered student or 7+ page essays provided tutor availability). Because we encourage independent learning, and in order to allow all students an opportunity to be tutored, students may not make more than two appointments per day.
What to Expect from a Tutor
- Students can come to the center for walk-in tutoring or make appointments by calling x5325. Walk-ins will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Students should arrive 5-10 minutes before their appointment times to ensure tutorials begin on time. Students will lose their appointment time if they are five or more minutes late. The time will then become available to anyone requesting a tutor.
- All tutors will provide competent, friendly, courteous service.
- Tutors will work with students in a conversational manner to improve their understanding of an assignment, develop ideas, revise a given draft, or work on targeted areas of grammar, style, bibliographic citation, or formatting.
- Tutors cannot write, edit, or proofread papers for students.
- Tutors will work on grammar with a student as indicated by the instructor or as requested by the student. Tutors may use, or refer students to, educational software available in the Center to help a student with grammar.
- Tutors can work on only one writing assignment at a time. Students with several essays need to sign up for separate appointments.
- Tutors cannot evaluate or assign a grade to a student's paper. Only faculty can evaluate student writing.
- Tutors cannot guarantee that student performance in class will improve by a certain grade or percentage points as a result of seeing a tutor (although multiple visits over time often lead to improved writing skills & better results).
- Each tutor will fill out a report documenting what took place in the tutoring session.