How Students can Prepare for a Tutoring Session


Tutoring Policies

  • Try to book the appropriate length for a session.
  • Check-in prior to your session so the most can be made from your time with us. You can check-in up to ten minutes before your session.
  • Be prepared to book more sessions after the initial session. Sometimes, there isn’t enough time in a single session to cover the entire assignment.
  • Be mindful of other students in the Writing Center.
  • Be respectful of our tutors and arrive for your session on time. If you are more than fifteen minutes late to a session, be prepared to reschedule.

Before the Session

  • Gather all necessary course materials relevant to your writing project (e.g., the syllabus, a rubric, professor’s comments, etc.).
  • Bring any progress you have made on the assignment (e.g., a first draft, brainstorming, final draft, etc.).
  • Prepare some questions in advance and write them down so you won’t forget them.  
  • Be prepared to stay for the duration of your entire session.

During the Session

  • Be ready to interact with the tutors. They cannot just edit your writing for you.
  • Take notes and ask questions. The tutors are here to help you.
  • We do help with grammatical issues but will first focus on higher order concerns (e.g., clarity, meeting the assignment’s expectations, etc.).
  • Create a plan for what comes next. Are more sessions needed?
  • Book follow up sessions for lengthy assignments. Revising is key in writing.
  • Ask the tutors for handouts or resources that might be helpful for you.