Tips For Getting The Most Out of Your Writing Center Visit
Before Your Tutoring Session
Think About Your Goals
- Reflect on your current writing process and at what stages you tend to need the most help.
- Consider your current knowledge of the writing project and what you are still uncertain about.
- Review any feedback you have received on past writing and what changes you would like to make.
- Review your assignment deadlines and make your appointments at least four days before the due dates.
- Create a list of specific areas you want to address with your writing.
- Plan on a half-hour session for papers of five pages or less, and an hour for longer writing projects, depending on the areas in question.
- Bring any assignment guidelines or samples the instructor has provided.
- Bring any texts relevant to the writing project.
During Your Tutoring Session
Work Together With Your Tutor
- Be prepared to make changes on your writing during your session.
- Be prepared to take notes on what you discuss with the tutor.
- Ask questions if you don't understand a tutor's comments.
- Understand that there may not be time to get through an entire paper.
- Understand that more than one appointment may be necessary to see improvement in your writing.
- If you need proof of your visit, ask the tutor for an instructor slip before you leave--proof of visits can only be given by the tutor with whom you met.
After Your Tutoring Session
Allow Time For Revision
- Allow time between periods of writing to think about the writing and the feedback you have received.
- Revise the larger issues first--content, thesis, organization, and then the sentence-level issues.
- Review your assignment guidelines again.
Don't hesitate to call the Writing Center for further help. (970) 351-2056