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Student Expectations

At the Writing Center, we view tutoring sessions as equitable interactions between students and tutors, during which students can feel free to ask questions, discuss their ideas, and take ownership of their writing. Tutoring sessions often take the form of an extended conversation, following a loose sequence:

  • Discussion of student’s assignment, concerns, and writing process.
  • Read through draft or go over materials such as assignment prompts, outlines, etc.
  • Respond to materials; this may take the form of spoken feedback from a tutor, a series of questions, or a strategy for students to try.
  • Development of revision plan.
  • Composition of tracking form, a non-evaluative summary of the session that tutors draft for the Writing Center’s records, which professors utilize to better support their students’ needs. Note: Tracking forms DO NOT evaluate the assignment, the writing, or the student.

Tutors ARE NOT permitted to edit or proofread for students. We want students to feel confident in their writing choices. Therefore, we seek to create an equitable power dynamic in which students have ultimate control and authority over their writing.


What you can expect from us:

  • A friendly, welcoming tutor who will be open-minded and nonjudgmental towards your ideas, your writing, and your prior writing experiences.
  • An inclusive staff who will do their best to accommodate your learning needs.
  • A space where everyone is continually striving to grow, learn, and improve themselves as writers, thinkers, and individuals.