Writing Center Tutoring Services
How Does It Work
The first step involves scheduling an appointment. Tutoring is offered in the form of Face-to-Face and Online appointments. Clients should choose the appointment type that is most beneficial for them. Then, during the appointment time, clients submit an assignment, and the writing tutor and the client review the assignment together, discussing its purpose, reviewing any primary concerns the client has, and working to improve the assignment in whatever way possible.
How Is It Helpful
Tutoring appointments are useful for clients in many ways. A writing tutor can act as an additional set of eyes. Tutors can help clients make sure they are communicating clearly and effectively in an academic tone. Together, tutors and clients can make sure that the assignment meets the course requirements. Tutors can also assist clients as they navigate the phases of the writing process, and work to prevent writer’s block.
Schedule An Appointment
You can schedule using the Christ College’s booking page by clicking here.
The Writing Center instructor is also available to talk without an appointment, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Wednesdays. Follow this link to access virtual office hours.
Writing Center Face-to-Face
A Face-to-Face appointment occurs as a physical meeting in B-18. At the start of a Face-to-Face session, the tutor will work with the client to establish the purpose of the session. If the client is working on a course-related assignment, the assignment description or prompt should be brought to the session and described in the client’s own words. If a client is more than 10 minutes late to their scheduled appointment time, another client may be permitted to step in.
During 30-minute Face-to-Face appointments, the tutor and the client will work to address any primary concerns that client has with the assignment. Such concerns might involve understanding the assignment, brainstorming ideas, developing an outline, or focusing and organizing content. These areas are particularly effective when addressed Face-to-Face, but concerns with the assignment’s overall clarity or flow can be addressed as well.
Writing Center Online
Online appointments are a little bit different. When a client schedules an Online appointment, they will receive an email from the writing tutor. In this email, the client is asked to send their assignment to the tutor by email. This email also asks clients to identify their course and instructor, and to note any concerns that they have with their assignment.
When scheduling an Online appointment, clients need to keep their assignment deadline in mind because Online appointments have a 48 hour turn-around time. Within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment, clients will receive an email from the tutor with their document attached. For this reason, Online appointments tend to work better for partial or completed drafts, as opposed to brainstorming sessions.
Writing Center Expectations
When To Schedule An Appointment
Clients are encouraged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible! Tutoring appointments can fill up quickly – especially toward the middle and end of the semester, when many students have writing assignments to complete. Online appointments should be scheduled far enough in advance to accommodate the 48-hour return window.
Ample time must be permitted for revision and follow-up appointments. For this reason, it is recommended that clients meet with a tutor at least two weeks in advance of a course-related paper/project due date. Clients can schedule as many appointments as necessary but should not schedule back-to-back appointments. A limited number of appointments are available each week, so scheduling an appointment long in advance of the desired appointment date is strongly suggested.
If an appointment must be canceled, it should be canceled AT LEAST 24 hours in advance. If on three occasions a client fails to cancel his/her appointment 24 hours in advance, s/he will not be permitted to make another appointment in that given semester.
What To Expect From The Tutor
As a result of both face-to-face and Online consultations, clients will gain insight and practice that will help them write more effectively. Clients should not expect that the tutor will provide content or edit/proofread. If the tutor notices problematic patterns in grammar/punctuation while reviewing a paper/project, the client will be referred to the appropriate resources and perhaps provided with a corrective example pertaining to the pattern. The same policies will be applied with regard to citation styles. If clients are having difficulties with APA or MLA, the tutor will orient them with the appropriate resources and provide a relevant example. The tutor will not review references line-by-line (either in-text or in the References/Works Cited page). It is also important to understand that course instructors will ultimately be responsible for assigning a letter grade to course-related papers/projects, so the tutor will not evaluate course-specific content or guarantee that students will earn a desired grade as a result of the session.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: In order to keep faculty informed about what progress clients are making with writing tutoring, faculty may also request to see session records (unless prohibited by the client).
Policies and procedures are subject to change.
If you have any questions regarding the Writing Center, please email Writing Center Instructor, Preston Frasch