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Preparing for Tutorials

Preparing for Tutorials
Jennifer Kunka
What do you need to do to prepare for your Writing Center tutorial?

Preparing for Tutorials

Our goal is to help you attain the skills you need to succeed at your writing challenges. We will not write or edit your papers for you, but we will provide you with strategies for developing topics, organizing ideas, incorporating research, and correcting grammatical errors. We want to help you to make choices so you can improve your own work. You can help us to help you by coming prepared for your tutorial. Here are a few tips for making the most of your visit.


What to Bring

  • Bring a copy of your instructor's assignment sheet to your tutorial. This will help us to address the goals, expectations, and criteria of your writing assignment.
  • Bring any of your prewriting notes, research materials, and/or drafts to your tutorial. Even if you are just starting your assignment and do not have a draft yet, bring along your assignment sheet so we can help you to generate ideas. We can discuss the organization and development of your current draft, as well as talk about strategies for continuing your progress. You may also bring your draft on disk and work on a computer.
  • Bring along a list of goals for your tutorial. Please recognize that we may not be able to cover all of your questions or issues in one meeting. Rather, it helps us if you have one or two specific areas that you would like to address in your consultation. You are welcome to come back for additional appointments, so please give yourself enough time to revise.

What to Expect

  • A writing center tutor will meet with you for 30 to 45 minutes. Your tutor will talk with you about your writing assignment, your notes or draft, and any questions you have about your assignment.
  • We can help you with any writing assignment you encounter during your career at FMU, including research papers, lab reports, grad school applications, resumes, business letters, and creative writing.
  • We can help you at any stage of the writing process, from inventing a topic to revising a draft.
  • Your tutor will be able to cover two or three specific areas during your tutorial. Prior to your appointment, think about the most important questions you have about your assignment. It often helps to think about larger rhetorical issues, such as your thesis, argument, organization, and paragraph structure, before moving on to mechanical issues, such as sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Though we may not be able to cover everything in one visit, we encourage you to give yourself enough time to revise before your due date so you can come back for a follow-up appointment, if necessary.
  • You should expect to learn something about writing. The writing center is a learning place, not a proofreading service. If we simply corrected your grammatical errors, you would not gain the skills you need to do well on future academic assignments or career projects. Rather, we want you to improve your writing abilities so you will be able to tackle any writing challenge with which you are faced.
  • We will not grade your work, nor will we predict a grade. Grading is a private issue between you and your instructor. Rather, we will review your instructor's assignment sheet with you and help you to consider whether or not your draft addresses the goals and requirements of the assignment.

We look forward to meeting with you at the FMU Writing Center in Founders Hall 114-C. Please click here to book your appointment online. You can also call ahead at 661-1528 for an appointment.

Last Published: August 15, 2014 12:46 PM
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