Writing Center

Become a Tutor

Welcome to the Writing Center! 

We are glad to have you working with us. Every staff member at the Writing Center is here to help you progress as a tutor, writer, and individual. 

The more involved you are in your training, the more you will benefit from it. When working with clients, be willing and open to trying new techniques and strategies. Remember to view each appointment as an opportunity for growth for both you and your client.   

Our Training Program

The peer-led training program involves five stages with objectives that need to be met on a weekly basis.  You will be assessed by both staff and training assistants on a weekly basis as well, so you will always know where you stand in the process.  You are paid for the five hours you work in the Center each of these weeks as well as the additional hours you will spend working on written materials to support your training. The process is relatively demanding but—from what our tutors will tell you—educational and rewarding as well.  The good news:  you will be sitting in on sessions and working with clients from the very beginning and experiencing the rewards of tutoring as a result.

Ready to Apply?  

Tutor Application 

Hiring Form

Confidentiality Agreement

Training Overview 

Sample Training Calendar 

Training Program Materials

All of the materials for our training program have been developed by Center tutors and staff based on our experiences with our client base and our knowledge of what tutors need to know to tutor with confidence and skill.

Orientation Stage

Policy and Procedure Handbook

Grammar, Syntax, Style Review

Managing Time Module

Modeling Stage

Orientation Reflection Essay

Identifying Global and Local Revision Issues Module

Discussing Essay Structure Module

Protocol Checklist

Session Observation Form

Strategy Talk-Through

 Guided Tutoring - Tutor Moves Stage

Brainstorming and Outlining Module

Reverse Outlining and Argument Mapping

Developing Thesis Statement Module

Problems-Strategies Assessment

Guided Tutoring - Goal Setting Stage

Setting Session Goals Module

Report Module

 Mock Session

 Independent Tutoring Stage

Teaching Clients to Edit Module


  Grammar/Syntax Performance Assessment

Self-Directed Development

Creating Useful End Products Module

Style/Clarity Assessment Module

Style/Clarity Assessment

Additional Support 

Stages of the Writing Process Module

Session Protocol Module

Using Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual Module

Reading-to-Write Module

Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism Module

Working on Syntax: International Students Module

Syntax Performance Assessment Module

Introduction Module

Conclusion Module

Session Protocol Video


Additional Resources: English Language Learners

Helping Clients with In-Text Citations

Helping Clients with In-Text Citations Reading: Jefferson’s Cop-Out

Strategies for Building and Maintaining ELL Client Confidence 

Strategies for Simultaneously Approaching Global and Local Issues (PDF)

Resisting “Can You Hear It?”: Helping ELL Clients Build Grammatical Awareness (PDF)

Reconsidering Protocol for Working with ELL Clients (PDF)

Asking ELL Clients to Read Their Work Aloud: Do or Don’t? (PDF)