Where and when will tutoring take place?
Tutoring takes place in the AUNE Writing Center, a small room (with a big window) across from the front desk in the library. Office hours are posted online and on the door of the Writing Center. Students can make appointments online to see peer tutors during those hours. Drop-in sessions are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone support and Skype sessions are available as well.
Who are the tutors?
Tutors are current AUNE students who are skilled in the writing process, have solid interpersonal skills, and have participated in initial training and ongoing professional development.
What happens in a peer tutoring session?
Sessions vary based on each student’s needs. If you are just starting a paper, come in to discuss your ideas; tutors can help you determine what you want to say and what you need to know. If you are further along, bring in notes or an outline; tutors can work with you on organization, and dialogue can help you clarify what you want to say and what you might do next. If you have a draft in hand, expect to do some reading aloud, respond to and ask questions about your writing and ideas, revise sample sections, and apply what you learn to other parts of your paper. The peer tutor will certainly listen, ask questions, and note areas where he/she is confused or excited.
How often can I see a tutor?
We offer one-hour sessions, and you may schedule two hours in a row if you are working on a particularly large paper. You are welcome to schedule multiple sessions in a week, and may drop in more frequently than that if a tutor is available.
What if I don’t want other people to know I’m getting writing support?
Please remember that we offer services to students at all writing levels. Confident and accomplished writers, as well as those with many writing needs, benefit from peer feedback. The writing center staff regularly use one another for feedback as well, and getting writing support doesn’t reflect poorly on you as a student.
Even so, tutors do commit to confidentiality regarding the tutoring session. In order to best serve students, tutors and the director may discuss tutoring sessions during professional development meetings; these discussions are confidential as well. The Writing Center has its own conference room, and with the door closed, it offers a fairly sound proof setting.
- Phone support with an AUNE Writing Center tutor.
- Support via Skype with an AUNE Writing Center tutor.
- Virtual Writing Center (VWC) support via e-tutoring.
For details on how to sign up for in-person tutoring or any of the options above, please visit our How to Sign Up page.
Will the tutor review my paper ahead of time?
Generally, no. You should bring a copy with you to the tutoring session, or you can attach your paper to your appointment so you can view the paper during your session. For phone and Skype sessions, particularly if the paper is long, we recommend allowing the tutor to view the paper ahead of time; in that case, you should sign up for two, hour-long sessions. The tutor will review the paper independently during the first hour, and you’ll have a phone or Skype session during the second hour.
How many pages can a tutor review with me in a single session?
This varies based on the type of work being done. Generally, you can go over a 5-10 page paper in a single session, but it make take longer if you want a lot of sentence-level feedback. To work on longer assignments, you should consider signing up for more than one session.
Is writing support available for students at the dissertation level?
Writing support is also available for your thesis or dissertation work, both in-person and virtually. Because of the scope of these documents, we recommend that you review your work through a series of appointments with a single tutor over a period of weeks or months. It is important to note that particular requirements for theses and dissertations are program specific, and questions about those areas are best directed to your thesis adviser. If you would like regular support for a thesis or dissertation, please contact the AUNE Writing Center Coordinator, John Dunham, before signing up for tutoring.
Other tutors haven’t been able to fix my papers. Why should I believe the AUNE Writing Center will?
Our mission is to help students become better writers by providing support and peer feedback. This means we work to help you improve your writing, but you do still need to make changes yourself. We do not offer professional editing or proofreading services.
My papers just need proofreading. Will you correct my grammatical errors and spelling mistakes?
Peer tutors can help you improve your editing skills, but they will not edit, proofread, or revise your paper for you. A peer tutor can identify areas of concern in your paper (including grammar, syntax, word choice, etc.), and then they can help you make improvements in the rest of the paper. A peer tutor might also work with you on a single area of concern throughout your paper (fragments, for example). Generally, we want to work from big to small, reviewing content and organization before surface matters. But tutors will start each session by asking you what you want to work on.
How do I make an appointment?
We have an online registration system for reserving sessions. You’ll need to register with the online system using your AUNE email address; once in the system, you can easily sign up for tutoring sessions. If you have difficulty with the online process, email the Writing Center Coordinator, John Dunham, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the center is staffed part time; we will reply as soon as we can, but a reply may not come immediately! For more information visit our step-by-step guide to the registration process.