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Writing Tutoring

What does the writing program do?

The SLC writing tutoring program assists students with writing assignments from across the disciplines at all levels. Tutors help students develop a better understanding of the conventions of college-level prose by analyzing assignments, listening and responding to students' drafts, and introducing students to various writing strategies. Tutoring improves students' understanding of the reader/writer relationship, the role of punctuation in the construction of meaning, the function of thesis, the rules of citation formats, prewriting and brainstorming strategies, organizational strategies, and more.

What happens in a writing tutorial?

Writing tutors will first ask to read over your assignment sheet and ask you to articulate your goals for the session. You may simply need to examine the assignment sheet carefully with the tutor to determine what it is you need to do. Or you may wish to brainstorm topics or develop a plan of action for olivia tutoringcompleting the assignment. Tutors are more than willing to help at the prewriting stage which may include a discussion of time management. Tutors may also function as a test audience for you, asking you to read your draft aloud while they supply feedback. Reading aloud helps you discover strengths and weaknesses in your written communication, which is a revision strategy you may take away and use independently. Tutors will remark on the quality of your thesis, the relationship of your thesis to each paragraph, the organization of your points, the grammar and punctuaion, and/or the citation of sources. They will pay particular attention to the issues with which you are most concerned, but, if time permits, they will also point out other aspects of your writing that may need additional work. We want you to leave the tutoring session not only with a better understanding of how to improve the current assignment, but also with an understanding of writing strategies that will assist you with other assignments. During the tutoring session, you are responsible for making marks on or changes to your own paper. Your tutor will not write on your paper and make corrections for you. Finally, your tutor will encourage you to visit with your professors for assignment clarification and to discuss grades as needed.

Policy on help with Masters Theses:

The SLC prohibits tutors from helping students on their Masters theses. A Masters thesis is a student's culminating experience as a Brockport graduate student and due to the high-stakes nature of the assignment, we feel that our tutors should not be using one's Masters thesis to learn grammar, punctuation, and other writing fundamentals. Students seeking help with any aspect of their masters theses should seek the assistance of faculty advisors.All of our policies can be found on our SLC Policies page. Please read and understand the policies you work with a tutor.

Who are the tutors?

The SLC writing tutors are graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of academic majors, including three Graduate Assistants from the department of English, who were selected because of academic achievement, facutly recommendation, and interpersonal communication skills. Upon being hired, writing tutors participate in a training seminar and are closely supervised throughout the semester. Meet the writing tutors here.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Students wishing to work with a writing tutor may either visit or call the SLC at (585) 395-2293 to make an appointment. Students taking classes through the MetroCenter or the SUNY Learning Network who are not able to get to the Brockport campus may make an appointment for a Remote Writing Tutoring session. (Click here for more details.) It is always best to call well in advance of deadlines and due dates to schedule an appointment at a time that will be most convenient for you.  It is also best to call ahead if a student wishes to work with a particular tutor. Walk-ins are accepted, but there is no guarantee of tutor availability.  Each appointment is scheduled for 55 minutes. If necessary, more appointments can be made for future dates per each written assignment. For answers to any other questions about the SLC writing tutoring program, please contact SLC Assistant Director, Elisabeth Gonzalez at (585) 395-5472.

Writing Skills Handouts
Handouts on a variety of writing skills topics are available courtesy of Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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