Become a Writing Center Tutor

Writing Center Tutoring

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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.

 

Job Description

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. 
 

Minimum Qualifications

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 (or test out)
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
     

Hiring Process

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

You can pick up your application on the third floor of Brigham Hall. Submit your completed application packet with two letters of recommendation to:

Morgan Spitzer
Writing Center Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
303 Brigham Hall (3rd floor)
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53554

 

 

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WATR - Writing Center Hours

Writing Center Hours

Writing Center - Fall 2014 Hours
Monday – Thursday:  9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Third floor, Brigham Hall

Fall 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

Fall 2014 Drop-In STEM-Focused Writing Hours
Mondays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 116

Wednesdays:  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: CenterPOINT, Room 170

Fall 2014 Drop-In Res Hall Hours
Pickard Hall
TBD
Location: 2nd Floor Lounge

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