Graduate and undergraduate tutors offer one-on-one consultations for writers seeking feedback on all kinds of written work. From formal essays to reading responses, from lab reports to personal statements, from PowerPoint presentations to grant applications, WWIS tutors support writers at all ability levels in their efforts to communicate more effectively in academic, civic, and professional contexts. Writers may visit just once to discuss questions or short projects, or multiple times as they sharpen drafts or build more effective writing skills. Serving university faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, tutors are available at five campus locations.
Peer mentors, strong students, researchers, and writers, are available to work with undergraduate students who feel that their writing is not communicating as much as they would like the depth and quality of their thoughts and ideas. Each semester, students are assigned a peer mentor with whom they meet one on one for the duration of the semester. Topics of discussion may include organization, development, and style of essays; planning, brainstorming, and revising; strategies for reading; the influence of background on one’s approach to academic writing; coping with adversity, optimizing success, and becoming familiar with campus resources and social networks. Above all, peer mentoring is about developing a spirit of inquiry and a sense of empowerment through academic writing. Preference is given to students enrolled in First-Year Writing Seminars or other courses with a substantial writing component.
Contact: Tracy Hamler Carrick 255-1392
Undergraduate tutors work with ESL students who want to improve their English. Students taking Writing 1370 or 1380 are given preference, but students in other First-year Writing Seminars may apply. Students meet individually with an assigned tutor on a weekly schedule throughout the semester. In a general sense, a student may simply want to gain confidence and expertise in using academic and/or every-day English. In practice, students usually concentrate on several areas of language development such as fluency in speaking and/or writing; vocabulary building; particular grammar topics; editing for grammar and sentence problems; editing for idiomaticity of expressions; academic skills such as summarizing or critiquing texts; or talking through and organizing ideas for essays. The tutors provide opportunities for practice of the language topics and skills, and not trivially, also in self-directed language-learning techniques.
Contact: Judy Pierpont 255-4234
Darlene Evans is available to meet with students seeking personalized help with writing. Experienced in teaching writing at the college level, she can work on a one-time basis or on a regular schedule to strengthen competency at all levels and in all stages of the writing process. Students can meet with her, by appointment, for longer tutorial sessions than the Writing Walk-In Service customarily provides.
To meet with the Writing Consultant you must make an appointment.
Contact: Darlene Evans
Classes and Consultations on Graduate Writing Projects
Keith Hjortshoj is available each semester to assist graduate students in the process of writing dissertations, master’s theses, professional articles, proposals, course papers, and other academic writing projects in any field. He provides this assistance through • informal consultations by appointment • weekly individual conferences • small classes for the exchange of work in progress Students interested in regular individual meetings or classes should contact Keith at or before the beginning of the term to discuss enrollment in Writing 7103, “Work in Progress.” You can contact him to schedule informal meetings to discuss your work at any time during the semester.
Contact: Keith Hjortshoj 255-1391
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