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Rhythms of the Semester

Rhythms of the Semester for use by FYSE Writing and Academic Mentors:Download the ppt: go/Rhythms/

Course-based Writing Tutors

Course Tutors are available for any writing intensive course (FYS, CW, and WRPR), as well as by request. Course Tutors are part of the course's educational goals on writing and communication. Course tutors can work with students one-on-one to offer writing conferencing on writing process, revision, project planning, idea development, etc. The course tutor can also provide workshops in-class related to time management, revision, research integration, etc. 

The embedded course tutor program is one that requires engagement between faculty and tutor(s)--faculty are expected to meet regularly with their course tutor(s) to set and maintain expectations around writing, for the course and its students. Additionally, past writing tutors have suggested that faculty intentionally include tutoring in the course expectations, such as through required visits, workshops, and other options.

Tutors may work up to 60 hours over the course of the semester. Tutors recieve at least 12 hours of training, each term, plus summer onboarding training. They are supervised and paid by CTLR. 

To learn more about the program, contact:

  • Genie Giaimo (Assistant Professor, WRPR, and Director of the Writing Center)

Request a tutor for your course: A request form for course tutors will be posted online and emailed to faculty prior to the start of spring and fall classes. 

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. 

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.