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. Writing tutors major in many different areas, 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 writing in a higher-education environment
- "A" or "B" in Freshman Composition 1130 and 1230 (or test out)
- Strong critical thinking skills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
To start your application for a Writing Center tutoring position, please call the Writing Center at 608.342.1615 to schedule a brief meeting with the interim coordinator, Morgan Spitzer. You will recieve your application during this meeting. Once we've received your completed application, the Writing Center coordinator will be in touch with you about your next steps, which may include:
- Participating in an informal interview with the Writing Center coordinator
- Completing a grammar diagnostic and mock-tutoring exercise with the Writing Center coordinator
- Participating in a panel interview with the Writing Center coordinator and current writing tutors
We hope to hear from all interested writers out there!
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Writing Center - Summer 2015 Hours
From June 8 to August 28
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.