Peer Writing Tutors
Peer Writing Tutors are trained to be the authorized help for students, to ask probing questions about the papers they read, and to make positive suggestions for improvement of those papers. Peer Writing Tutors work in college writing classes and hold evening drop-in hours at the Writing Center in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research, Davis Family Library 225.
FYS Mentors for Academics and Writing
The First-Year Seminar Mentor for Academics and Writing 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 in your first-year seminar 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.
Information and tips about using a Writing and Academic Mentor in a First-Year Seminar 2014-2015.
If we have no openings in AccuTrack that fit your schedule, feel free to email Jennifer Bates(email@example.com) or Mary Ellen Bertolini (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Catharine Wright (email@example.com) (Catharine Wright is available W15 & S15 only), to inquire about alternate times. Sometimes we can create alternate times and/or accommodate last minute requests. You may try one or all of us.
It is very acceptable to meet with two different tutors, at different stages in the writing process, on the same paper (professional then peer, peer then peer, peer then professional).
If we are unable to meet with you on a particular paper due to scheduling/time constraints, we urge you to work with a Peer Writing Tutor during their drop-in hours in the CTLR from 7:30 p.m.- midnight, Sunday-Thursday evenings. Peer Writing Tutors, also, hold drop-in hours in all five Commons. Find the most current the hours and locations here.
Sessions with peer writing tutors usually run about 30 minutes per student.
Drop-in Writing Tutoring in CTLR and in the Five Commons begins the second week of the fall and spring semesters.
Drop-in peer writing tutoring sessions in the CTLR occur from 7:30 PM-midnight Sunday through Thursday and usually run about 30 minutes per student. No appointment is necessary,
Commons peer writing tutoring occurs in all five Commons on various evenings.
To meet with Writing Faculty, you'll want to plan ahead when possible and schedule appointments using the computer based scheduling system, AccuTrack.
Contact us: Writing Center at MIDD
Questions? Mary Ellen Bertolini, Director Writing Center
Drop-in peer writing tutoring begins the second week of the fall and spring semesters. Drop-in Peer Writing Tutors are available for writing tutoring sessions:
7:30 pm - midnight Sunday through Thursday
(except during school vacations)
Peer writing tutors can, also, help with oral presentation skills. Sessions usually run about 30 minutes per student. No appointment is necessary. Drop-in tutors are not available during Winter Term.
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:
Just as faculty benefit from having peers read their work prior to publication, students benefit from having their work read by peers before it is graded. In both cases, peer readers bring their experience - as writers of the same sort of works – to their experience as critical readers.
Faculty can have Peer Writing Tutors attached to any College Writing class. Writing and Academic Mentors are available for all First-Year Seminars. The Writing Center makes Drop-in Peer Writing Tutors available in CTLR and in the Commons.
The Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize competition recognizes annually those first-year students who are judged by the faculty to have produced outstanding essays in writing classes during that academic year.
The prize was established in 1978 by Paul W. Ward's widow, Dorothy Cate Ward '28, their daughter Marren Ward Meehan '62, and their son-in-law Tom Meehan '62. In her letter to the College Mrs. Ward wrote:
"This prize is offered in memory of Paul W. Ward, whose life-long career as a journalist and diplomatic reporter bought him both the Pulitzer Prize and the French Legion of Honor. During his long career he emphasized the use of basic English as a writer's most necessary tool. Precise and exact usage of words, exact meanings, phrases expressed lucidly and gracefully, seemed to him the most direct and understandable means of communicating with his readers. We, his family, hope these beliefs and standards will furnish the criteria on which this prize will be judged."
And so they have, every year, since 1978.