Writers’ Studio Appointments

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The Butler Writers’ Studio offers two appointment options: Face-to-Face or asynchronous eTutoring appointments. Please read the policies below before deciding which option is appropriate for you:

Face-to-Face appointments take place in real time in the Writers’ Studio. Face-to-face appointments are our preferred option for most clients because you can talk with your tutor about your ideas, your organization, your thesis statement, your sources, etc., and your tutor can provide you the individualized instruction that helps you improve as a writer, which is our goal as tutors. Face-to-Face appointments should be used in all cases except that of a final draft for which you need help only with editing, proofreading, or citation or documentation issues—but remember, tutors will not edit or proofread your work for you even in an eTutoring appointment. If you know you struggle with grammar, mechanics, spelling, or citation or documentation, a Face-to-Face appointment is most appropriate, because it will allow your tutor to instruct you in the rules you don’t understand.

eTutoring appointments do not take place in real time. Rather, you upload a draft to your appointment and your tutor returns the draft to you with comments by the end of your appointment time. If you choose the eTutoring option, you will not interact directly with the tutor. Therefore, eTutoring should only be used for final editing, proofreading, and citation or documentation checks. If you need help developing, organizing, expanding, or revising a draft, you must schedule a Face-to-Face appointment and plan to meet with your tutor in real time. (Obviously, eTutoring is not an option for helping you to understand an assignment or come up with ideas.) If you submit a final draft for eTutoring and your tutor notices issues with focus, development, organization, etc., your tutor will provide you with feedback on grammar, mechanics, spelling, or citation and documentation issues, but they may also suggest that you make a real-time appointment to discuss other, more extensive issues. Similarly, if your tutor notices serious error patterns which suggest you need help understanding the rules of grammar, mechanics, citation or documentation, they may encourage you to make a real-time appointment so a tutor can help you learn these rules.

Tutors do not edit a draft for you. They serve as a second pair of eyes to catch mistakes, they can point out awkward phrasing or incorrect word choice, they can direct you to online resources like the Purdue OWL if they notice error patterns, and they can provide some explanation of citation and documentation rules, but our job as tutors is to help you learn about writing, not to edit a paper for you. Please keep that in mind when you choose the eTutoring option and do not expect a “corrected” paper to be returned to you.

Need Help Right Now? Try Our Helpful Videos

The Writers’ Studio Staff proudly presents the following instructional videos to assist student writers with some of the most common questions, issues, and concerns we see on writing projects. While these videos cannot replace the valuable interaction between a writer and a tutor, we hope you may find them helpful when you don’t have time to make an appointment.