Writing and Academic Mentor for FYS

The Writing and Academic Mentor for First-Year Seminars (FYSM) serves as a mentor and writing tutor for first-year students, assisting them with writing and oral presentation skills, time and project management. The Mentor can work with students individually or in groups, either during class time or outside of class, for up to 60 hours over the course of the semester.  The Mentors will be trained, supervised, and paid by CTLR. To learn more about the program contact:

Attendance policy for PWTs and FYMs

Attendance policy for PWTs and FYMs

We expect you to attend regularly scheduled afternoon training sessions. Makeup sessions are for mentors and tutors who have legitimate conflicts (sports practice, orchestra, job interview, or a lecture required for a class).  In advance of the regular session, please e-mail for permission to attend a makeup session.  Make-ups will be given only with permission and in advance for a valid reason. E-mail Jess Masinter for permission jmasinter@middlebury.edu). Jess will consult with Mary Ellen Bertolini, and then let you know if you have permission to attend a makeup session with Jess.

PWT/FYM go/links

For you as a PWT/FYM

Google form for recording tutees in the Commons. Complete immediately after every shift.
For Mentors only

Writing Resources for Student Writers

Helpful writing information for Middlebury students 
WordPress site with writing tips
Need help starting a research paper or project? Look here.
Learn the most effective way to write application essays for internships, jobs, fellowships, and graduate school.

Writing Center Information

WordPress site for Writing Center, tips for writing, hours for drop-ins
Writing Center information on the CTLR site
Tweets from the Writing Center

Library Guides

LIS guide for tutors and mentors
LIS guide for research
Social Media




 For Faculty Using a FYSM in a FYS

Hit "W" above to download guidelines for faculty using a First-Year Seminar Mentor for Academics and Writing in a First-Year Seminar.