Become a Tutor
Does this sound like you?
- You enjoy writing.
- You like to help other students.
- You would like a paid position in which you make your own hours, meet a range of interesting students, and continue to learn on the job.
Each year, the Writing Center recruits freshmen, sophomore, and junior level students from all majors to become paid writing tutors in our Center. In order to be eligible to tutor, you need to sign up for the training course offered in A-Term, Teaching Writing. This course is a great opportunity not only to get training for a rewarding position at the Center, but also to improve your own writing. If you do well in this course, you will be invited to join the next year's experienced tutoring staff in the Writing Center.
WR 3011. Teaching Writing is a writing/rhetoric course offered every other A-Term by the Humanities & Arts Department and taught by Writing Center director Professor Lorraine Higgins. Students in this hands-on course develop effective strategies for planning, drafting, and revising their own writing and learn to respond to other students' communication projects. They also read about the theory and process of writing, observe experienced tutors in the Center, and undergo an apprenticeship working with students who come in for appointments at the Center. To read the current course description, see the Writing Courses of the Undergraduate Catalog.
If you have questions about becoming a tutor, stop by to talk with our current tutors or call Professor Higgins (x5503). We hope you will consider joining us!
Graduate students interested in professional development opportunities for teaching, becoming a Teaching Assistant, or tutoring writing in the technical disciplines should contact Professor Higgins about training and employment opportunities.