Middlebury

 

Using a Peer Writing Tutor or FYS Mentor

Sessions work best

  • When the tutor has a clear idea of the professor’s writing expectations for students,
  • When students in the class see the sessions with the tutor as an important part of the writing process for all students in the class, and
  • When the professor emphasizes the importance of those sessions by making them mandatory.

Best Practices

  • Meet with your peer writing tutor early in the semester or before the beginning of the semester.
  • Give a copy of your class syllabus to your peer writing tutor.
  • Make your expectations clear to the writing tutor and to your class.
  • Introduce your writing tutor to your class.
  • Make at least some sessions with the writing tutor obligatory.
  • Encourage your writing tutor to circulate a list of specific appointment times before meetings.
  • Allow your writing tutor ample time to meet with your students.
  • Stay in contact with your writing tutor through meetings, emails, and phone.
  • Download guidelines and suggestions for using PWTs here.

FYSE & CW Faculty Speak:

I have had the tutor in class for writing workshops and also meeting one-on-one with the students outside the class. The combination works well because the tutor knows what I am looking for, and the students trust the tutor.

I think the one-on one contact was helpful.

The interaction with the writing tutor makes [students] realize the importance of clarity and coherence . . . I discussed this with the tutor at the beginning of the semester.

The tutor was very useful as another voice to provide students with feedback . . . I also think that students were able to talk more candidly about the writing process [with the tutor].

The individual meetings got good feedback from most students.

I think that having an independent relationship between the students and the tutor works best.

The peer writing sessions enable the college writing students to have additional early feedback on an initial draft or key portion of their papers.

[The writing tutor] can both model a writing process and the importance of giving feedback on writing.