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Tutoring Sessions

Each student meets one-on-one with a writing tutor who focuses on the student’s expressed concerns about the writing project at hand.  Papers cannot be dropped off for editing or brought in by anyone other than the author.

Tutoring is an interactive process that requires the student’s participation.  Please come prepared with:
  1. The professor’s instructions for the assignment.
  2. A printed copy of what you have written so far as well as any needed source material.
  3. Specific learning goals and questions to be answered during the tutoring session. 

Our goal is to help you bridge the gap between your present skills and what you must know to be successful in your college work. We will explain what you need to do, give examples, and discuss possible revisions with you

The tutors focus primarily on "higher order" concerns (HOCs) that affect the whole paper, such as thesis or focus, audience and purpose, organization, development, and unity.  It is generally better to address "lower order" concerns (sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, etc.) after HOCs are resolved. 

We ask that you make your writing as clear and grammatically correct as possible before asking for assistance with grammar and related concerns.  Your tutor will identify and explain some errors and then demonstrate ways to correct them.  The tutor will not "fix" every error because our goal is to teach you to edit your own writing.

If you need more assistance with lower order concerns after your session, you may return for more help after you have applied what you learned in your tutoring session to the rest of the paper and produced a new draft. 

Questions? Please visit the Academic Success Center (A-332) or call 972-273-3089. You may also email us at