Supportive Guidance

Tutors, please regularly review the following chart to help ensure a consistent Writing Center experience for our students.

Students, please understand that instead of editing your work, the Writing Center’s tutorial staff works hard to help you improve your writing skills.

Editors Versus Tutors

Adapted from The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring

Editors Tutors
Focus on the text Focus on the writer’s development and establish rapport
Take ownership of the test Make sure the writer takes ownership
Proofread Start with higher-order concerns and worry about grammatical corrections last
Give advice Ask questions
Look mainly for things to improve Comment on things that are working well
Work with an ideal text Trust the writer’s idea of a text
Make corrections on the page Keep hands off and let the writer make corrections; help them learn correctness
Tell writers what to do Ask them their plan for revision