So you want to be a Writing Center tutor...

by Matthew M. Lug - Newspeak Staff

In the past, the Writing Center's system for inviting people to become tutors was not very well known, rivaling Skull in its secrecy (although this may not have been intentional). However, all this has changed, and the Writing Center is now taking applications from anyone who is interested in becoming a tutor.

If you would like to work in the Writing Center, then you must first submit an application to the Writing Center, SL134, by March 8, 1998. This application should include the name of a faculty member who would recommend you, a writing sample of at least 5 typed pages, and a typed, double-spaced, 250 word essay explaining why you want to be a tutor. The writing sample can be anything, including a paper from a class, and the essay can discuss topics such as what you think the role of a writing tutor is, what you think you will gain from the experience, or anything else you can think of that somehow relates to tutoring.

Applicants who are accepted will be asked to take EN3003, Peer Tutor Training in Writing, which is a 1/3 unit ISP that is offered in D Term. This class will meet twice a week, for an hour and a half per class, and will introduce students to composition theory while they hone their writing skills. The exact days and times will be determined based on the schedules of the accepted students. This class will also require one hour per week of interning in the Writing Center. Students who successfully complete EN 3003 will be invited to work as paid writing tutors during the 1997-1998 school year.

From experience, I can say that tutoring is a very rewarding experience, so if you are even slightly interested, I would suggest that you apply. Any questions can be sent to

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