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Writer's Studio

Before You Arrive

What you should know about the Writers' Studio

Who are the Peer Tutors?

Peer tutors are trained undergraduate and graduate students. Undergrads have completed a 300-level composition course designed to prepare tutors for assisting students at any point in the writing process.

What if the tutor does not understand the subject or has not read the assignment?

Tutors are trained to assist the student without specific knowledge of the subject, though it would be of assistance to bring in a handout of the assignment. We strive to provide unbiased and useful input, especially in relation to organization, content, argument and style.

Do I need to bring in a completed draft when I visit a Peer Tutor?

Once again, tutors are trained to help student in any stage in the writing process. If you're having trouble starting an assignment, a tutor will assist with brainstorming or outlining.

Will my professor be notified of my visit to the Studio?

Tutors send electronic conference reports to your professor following a session. Professors may contact Susan Sutherlin, Director of Peer Tutoring, for additional information or comments about student sessions.

Will the peer tutor proofread or correct my grammar and punctuation for me?

If the student is ready for the final editing process, a peer tutor will help identify grammar and punctuation problems and help decide on the appropriate changes. That being said, peer tutors will not proofread or correct your work for you. In order for our tutors to help, students must be active participants in any session.