What To Do Before You See The Writing Tutor

If term papers and essays are you archenemies, then the school writing tutor can be your best friend. He or she (or they, if your school is large enough) are trained to seek out and help you fix all the issues your professors will take off points for on a paper.

Before you head out, though, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Have something written. Unless you and the tutor agree beforehand that he or she will be helping you write the paper from the beginning, have at least a little something written before you go for help. Tutors aren’t there to do your work for you, but to help you along the writing process.

Know your assignment. Be sure you can explain the assignment to the tutor. It would also be useful to bring the assignment sheet with you (if you have one). The more information the tutor has about the assignment, the better they’ll be able to help you.

Make a list of questions. If you know you have a few things you need the tutor to look at, just make a list of them to bring with you. Not only will it help you keep things straight, but it will also help the process go a lot smoother.

Get there early or make an appointment. If your school’s writing tutor gives you the option to make an appointment with them, do it. You’ll be guaranteed the time you need to work on your assignment.

If you can’t make an appointment, make sure you get to the tutor at the beginning of their shift.

In my experience, tutors have a set period of time they’re scheduled to help students. Get there early. Chances are you won’t be the only student needing help (this is especially true once midterms and final exams roll around), so the earlier you arrive, the more likely you are to be helped.

A word of advice: don’t get to the tutor five minutes before they need to leave and expect them to fix your entire paper. If nothing else, they’ll be able to look over the first page or two for grammatical errors.

On that note…

Be respectful. Whether the tutor is a student or a staff member, treat them with respect. Plus, you’re the one going to them for help. It may be a hassle to take time out of your schedule to go and see them, but they’re only trying to do their job.

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Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris is a senior at Benedictine University in Illinois pursuing a degree in writing and publishing. When she is not at work in the Office of Admissions or on the university's newspaper, she can be found writing short stories, reading anything and everything, and spending time with family and friends.