The CTLR has two programs that provide intensive course-based support using peer tutors. The Quantitative Skills Support and the Writing Center hire, train, and mentor peer tutors who work with faculty across the disciplines and in writing intensive courses. Each program is unique in its approach to embedded tutoring models so please read the information below carefully.
Quantitative Skills Support Course-Based Tutoring Program
Course-based STEM and Social Science subject tutors are available by request. Tutors are trained and supervised by the CTLR. Depending on an individual department’s needs, the CTLR will also pay some or all of the requested tutor’s hours.
Requests should be submitted prior to the semester start, or as early as possible in the semester to allow for adequate tutor recruitment, training and placement.
Additional information can be found on the STEM Tutoring page.
The Writing Center’s Course-Based Tutoring Program
In winter 2021, the Writing Center and CTLR hosted a roundtable conversation between faculty and their peer writing tutors. To learn more about how to partner with the Writing Center—and for information about successful faculty-tutor-center partnerships—watch the video recording of the roundtable discussion.
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. Typically connected with writing-intensive courses (see list below), we welcome partnerships with courses outside FYS/CW/WRPR programs.
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. Each term, tutors receive at least 12 hours of training in addition to pre-semester onboarding. They are hired, supervised, and paid by CTLR.
Writing intensive courses that typically partner with our program include the following: First-Year Seminars (FYS), Second-level writing-intensive courses (CW), and Writing and Rhetoric Program courses (WRPR)
Request a Peer Writing Tutor For Your Course
An announcement will be sent to faculty prior to the start of the semester (in June for fall semester and in December for spring semester). Because of the specialized nature of writing tutoring work, as well as new inclusive and equitable hiring policies, all tutors need to be current employees of the Writing Center/CTLR (we will not assign untrained students to courses). Similarly, because of high demand for writing tutors, tutors will not be automatically assigned to writing courses without faculty request. Placement priority will be given to FYS courses in fall semester and all writing-intensive courses in spring semester. Tutors are generally not available for classes during J Term.
As of 2/14, all tutors have been placed for the Spring 2021 semester. The Fall 2021 tutor request form will open in mid-June and close in August.
Other Writing Center Support:
In addition to our program that connects writing tutors with specific courses and faculty, the Writing Center provides a robust array of services for individual writers. So, if faculty opt not to include a peer writing tutor in their writing intensive course, students can seek out writing center services independently.
- Online peer tutoring by appointment through WCOnline.
- Professional tutoring by appointment through LibCal.
- Self-service resources and links.
- Group events, such as our annual write-in and our mindfulness writing challenge.
- “Conversation circles” for students who want to connect and work on their spoken English.
- Faculty consultations on course development, writing pedagogy, and assessment. Contact Dr. Giaimo.
For questions about course tutors, Writing Center programming, or arranging a faculty consultation, please contact Genie Giaimo, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Director of the Writing Center.
The CTLR Provides Other Kinds of Support
For more information about CTLR ‘s student-centered programming—including academic skills development, foreign language tutoring, etc., visit the main student tutoring page.