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Your Writing Tutoring Session

Tips for success:

  • Bring all materials related to your writing assignment: your textbook, your class notes, the assignment sheet, your Little, Brown Essential Handbook, and all drafts of your paper with your instructor's comments. Most importantly, bring an open mind and the recognition that writing is a process, not a product. 
  • Know what your thesis statement is. What is the main idea? Who is your audience? What is the goal for your reader?
  • If you know you have trouble with grammar or organization, don't tell us you have trouble with "everything." Be as specific as you can in describing your pattern of errors.
  • If there is any doubt about an assignment, see your instructor.
  • Writing is a process. Don't procrastinate. If you need other resources to do the writing assignment, start the research portion as soon as possible.
  • Writing tutors can help you become a strong critical writer and thinker.
  • Learn to recognize your patterns of mistakes and learn how to correct them.

What to expect:

  • A courteous, professional and knowledgeable tutor that has been hired to assist you.
  • If no one is waiting, you can spend as much time as you need with a writing tutor. If a tutor is occupied with another student, expect a 5-15 minute wait.
  • Tutors will respond as readers, not error analysts.
  • Tutors will suggest areas that need to be improved and point out patterns but will not correct your assignment.

What not to expect:

  • A quick fix.
  • A proofreading service.
  • A essay or term-paper writing service.
  • A grading service.