Use the links at the left to access resource guides for grammar, syntax, and punctuation. For further assistance, contact the Writing Center.
Getting the Most Out of Your Tutorial: Tips for Student Writers
When you come to be tutored in writing, there are steps you can take to make the conference as effective as possible. A little preparation on your part will reap a great reward from the tutorial.
Bring your assignment sheet, your class notes, your book, checklist for revision, etc. with you to the tutorial.
Arrange to meet with the tutor early in the writing process.
Know what kind of help you want to get from the tutor.
Re-read the assignment yourself and then decide if your draft fits the assignment.
Mark sections of your draft that you think you need to work on.
Come prepared to establish a working relationship with your tutor.
Be willing to try new strategies for writing.
Expect to do more than half of the talking in the conference.
Do not ask the tutor to proofread/edit your paper with you.
Handwritten drafts are much harder to work with than printed ones.
Do not ask the tutor to estimate the grade your paper will receive.
Remember that improvement takes time.
Remember to have some fun in your tutorial.
If any problems occur with your tutor, contact Dr. Christine Shearer-Cremean, Dr. Sharon Strand, or Dr. Scott Simpson.
Responsibilities of the Student Writers
Tutoring Goals for Student Writers
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