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
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
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
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
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