Become a Writing Center Tutor
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Thank you for your interest in working at the Writing Center! The Writing Center, like all student support services at UW-Platteville, is committed to improving the quality of student life, both personally and academically. We strive to provide every student with thorough, high-quality assistance in specific writing issues and topics.
Our mission is to guide students through improving their writing from the first thought to the final draft. Our tutors major in many different topics, from biology to geography to English, and all are well-versed and experienced in writing instruction.
The primary aim of the Writing Center is to help students become more confident, effective writers. Tutors work with writers of all levels and disciplines on a variety of assignments and projects, such as freshman compositions, lab reports, research papers, theses, resumes and job search correspondence, proposals, and creative writing.
A writing tutor may help students
- Interpret an assignment sheet, talk through ideas for a paper, discuss course readings, or plan for a paper
- Consider choices with regard to audience, focus, purpose, reasoning, or organization
- Develop ideas with greater specificity
- Acquire research strategies, integrate scholarly sources, and apply proper documentation (such as MLA or APA)
- Improve editing and proofreading skills, expand vocabulary, and better understand technical conventions of academic writing
Writing tutors also maintain tutoring records, develop and present workshops, and mentor newer tutors. Our tutors work anywhere from five to twenty hours per week in addition to attending training sessions every other week.
To be considered for a Writing Center tutor position, applicants must demonstrate the following qualifications:
- Current enrollment as a UW-Platteville student in good academic standing
- Class standing of sophomore or higher
- Strong background and high level of comfort with the practice of writing
- "A" or "B" in Freshman Composition 1130 and 1230
- Strong critical thinking skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
To apply for a Writing Center tutor positon, interested students must complete the following steps:
- Submit a completed application packet with two strong faculty recommendations, one of whom must be an English professor
- Participate in an informal interview with the Writing Center Coordinator
- Participate in a panel interview with the Writing Center Coordinator and current writing tutors
- Complete a short grammar and style exercise, which includes the pedagogy of explaining the grammar rules for each answer
You can pick up your application on the third floor of Brigham Hall. Submit your completed application packet with two letters of recommendation to:
Writing Center Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
303 Brigham Hall (3rd floor)
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53554
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Writing Center - Spring 2014 Hours
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spring 2014 Drop-In Library Hours
Mondays: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: First floor, periodical area
Spring 2014 Drop-In STEM-Focused Writing Hours
Mondays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fridays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: CenterPOINT, Room 170
Spring 2014 Drop-In Res Hall Hours
Mondays: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor Lounge
For assistance with academic writing, contact the Writing Center.
Evelyn Martens, Director of WATR
Morgan Spitzer, Writing Center Coordinator
Brianna Jentz, WATR Assistant