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Writing Center

Become a Tutor

Welcome to the Writing Center! 

If you are interested in tutoring, we want to meet you. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please read the position requirements below and contact Kate Oakley with any questions. Also, consider scheduling an appointment to experience what we do. Every staff member at the Writing Center is here to help you progress as a tutor, writer, and individual. 

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 weekly 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.

Tutor Qualifications 

  • An overall grade point average of 3.5 or better
  • A clear conduct record
  • Outstanding performance in more than one expository writing course in two different departments at Lake Forest College
  • The ability to clearly and succinctly convey information in interpersonal communication
  • Patience, sensitivity, diplomacy, and self-control
  • Reliability, perseverance, adaptability
  • A positive attitude and the willingness to offer helpful support to other students and fellow tutors
  • Understanding and commitment to the Writing Center’s philosophy and training requirements

Ready to Apply?  

Tutor Application

Hiring Form

Confidentiality Agreement

Training Overview

Full Training Manual

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

Handbook Quiz

Reflection Essay

Grammar, Syntax, Style Review

Modeling Stage — Communicating Effectively

Communication Module

Reflective Listening Checklist

Session Protocol Module

Protocol Checklist

Communication Techniques Discussion

Strategy Talk-Through

Guided Tutoring Stage —  Session from Start to Finish

Setting Session Goals Module

Creating Useful End Products Module

Discussing Essay Structure Module

Brainstorming and Outlining Module

Developing Thesis Statement Module

Reverse Outlining and Argument Mapping

Problems-Strategies Assessment

Guided Tutoring Stage — Understanding Tutor Moves

Managing Time Module

Session Observation Form

Identifying Global and Local Revision Issues Module

Introductions Module

Conclusions Module

Report Module 

Mock Session


Independent Tutoring Stage 

Teaching Clients to Edit Module

Using Diana Hacker’s A Pocket Style Manual Module

Grammar/Syntax Performance Assessment

New Tutor Reflection Chart

Thirteen Common Errors in Grammar and Punctuation

Thirteen Common Errors (with Hacker sections)

Self-Directed Development/Additional Support

Style/Clarity Assessment Module

Order of Priorities for Syntax (OOPs)

Essay Structural Logic and Argument Mapping

Stages of the Writing Process Module

Reading-to-Write Module

Working on Syntax: International Students Module

Full Session Resources Binder

Resources for Avoiding Plagiarism

Helping Clients with In-Text Citations

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

Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism Module

Additional Resources: English Language Learners

Strategies for Building and Maintaining ELL Client Confidence 

Strategies for Simultaneously Approaching Global and Local Issues (PDF)

Word Choice Skills for Non-Native Speakers (PDF)

Tips for ESL Sessions (PDF)