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How Tutoring Works

We believe in not just making better writing, but making better writers. Curious how we do this? Take a peek into the process you can expect at the Writing Center.

  1. You make an appointment... You can do this via Penji, either through the app or a web browser. 
  2. ...or you can walk in. If you choose to walk-in for an in-person session, you will have to wait for the next available tutor to finish with their session. All walk-ins function on a first-come-first-serve basis, so without an appointment, you're not guaranteed a session.
  3. Make sure you have what you need for the session. Not sure what to bring? Here's a handy list:

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  1. Meet your tutor. The Writing Center is a safe, study-conducive environment for all students who walk through our doors. We are here to help you succeed, so don't hesitate to let your tutor know where you're struggling!
  2. Discuss your writing or assignment. At the Writing Center, we focus on big picture issues first. Don't understand the assignment? That's okay. Bring your notes, assignment sheets, prompts, and/or research materials, and we'll talk it out with you!
  3. Expect a dialogue. We can't comment on your writing without you present, and we can't edit your paper for you. However, we certainly can coach and cheerlead you to writing victory! Beyond helping you recognize common errors, we will help you organize your ideas, maintain a consistent tone, and develop your voice and style. Tell us about your goals, and we will do our best to help get you there.
  4. Develop your writing process. Come back for more sessions as necessary! We would love to see you again. 

Sessions

Need-To-Know Info

  • You can schedule a session through Penji!
  • Sessions are only 45 minutes long, so be sure to be on time!
    • If you come in late, we will only be able to work with you for what's left of the 45 minutes.
    • If you are more than 10 minutes late, we have to cancel your session.
  • To help the most students, you can only have one session per day and three per week. However, you can come as many weeks in the semester as you need!

Want Priority Service?

If you anticipate needing or wanting to meet with a consultant on a weekly basis, you can set up a reoccurring weekly appointment. These let you work with the same tutor each week and even reserve your spot during our busiest times, such as midterms and finals week. Sign up now on Penji!

Three Rules for Tutees

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We have a wonderful, dedicated staff, but no one is perfect all of the time. If you have a less than favorable experience in our center, we want to hear about it. Please contact the Writing Center Director, Tabatha Simpson-Farrow, at tsimpsonfarrow@astate.edu.