Becoming a Tutor

  • Tutor Job Description

    Tutoring is the primary purpose of the Writing Center. Our mission is to help students become better and more self-sufficient writers.

    Tutoring at the Writing CenterTutors must:

    • Be knowledgeable about writing and skilled in communicating with others.
    • Communicate with directors and fellow tutors about sessions, providing and receiving constructive feedback.
    • Maintain professional conduct and appearance.
    • Show up to work on time and attend scheduled staff meetings. Work independently and manage shift duties responsibly.
    • Help students from diverse backgrounds and cultures, including those whose first language is not English.
    • Participate in tutor training and development. This includes attendance at and participation in meetings, assigned readings, discussions, research projects, and activities that are intended to help you to become a more knowledgeable and effective tutor. 
    • Lead workshop presentations about the Writing Center, APA and MLA, Google Scholar, peer review, and other topics.

    During a tutoring session, tutors are expected to:

    • Use good communication skills and engage students in conversations that help to draw out and express their ideas.
    • Encourage students to write, document sources, and revise for readability.
    • Be professional and friendly.