Writing

Announcements

Summer Tutoring Begins May 16!

Summer session 1: May 16 - June 24

Monday - Thursday, 3-5 p.m., 220 Boucke

Sunday, 7-10 p.m., online

Summer session 2: June 29-August 10

Monday - Thursday, 12-5 p.m., 220 Boucke

Sunday - Monday, 8-10 p.m., online

Note: All writing tutoring is by appointment only (see details on left).

Writing is conversation. When you write, you enter a conversation with yourself, your readers, and the people whose work you reference in your paper. You probably also talk about your writing: with friends, classmates, parents, and maybe even your professor. Our peer tutors are experts at talking about writing. By listening to your concerns and asking questions, our tutors can help you break through your writing blocks and express yourself clearly. Come join the conversation!

For Summer 2016, all writing tutoring will be by appointment only. We will offer limited hours for both face-to-face and online tutoring (see Announcement Box on right for our hours). You can make an appointment by visiting 220 Boucke in person or by using WCONLINE, our scheduling system. 

To use WCONLINE:

  1. Click here, then create a login using your PSU email address and a new password. Once logged in, you should be on the scheduling page for Summer Tutoring 2016. You’ll see that we have writing tutoring in 220 Boucke, writing tutoring online, and math and statistics tutoring as well. Available time slots will appear in white.  
  2. Select the appropriate tutor and click on an available time slot. A window will appear that will allow you to set the time you would like (no more than 1 hour) and save the appointment. You should receive a confirmation email. If you signed up for writing tutoring online, you will soon receive an email from you tutor explaining how to connect for your appointment.

Our writing tutors can talk with you about writing for any of your classes or about your personal statement or application for a fellowship, scholarship, or graduate school. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What do you charge for tutoring?

We do not charge a fee for our services. If you’re enrolled as a current Penn State student, your tuition covers the cost of tutoring.

What kind of writing can you help with?

We can help you with any writing for any class at any stage of the writing process. If you have an assignment but don’t know what to write about, we can help. If you have a draft that you hate, we can help (Don’t hate! Collaborate!). If you’re not sure whether you’ve properly cited your paper, we can help.

We can also help with writing that isn’t connected to a class. We can help with personal statements, job or school applications, or the novel you’re trying to write for Nanowrimo. What we CANNOT do is edit or proofread your paper. We cannot go through it line by line and correct all of the mistakes. Instead, we can identify your most common errors and explain grammatical concepts so that you can learn to edit your paper yourself.

What will people think if they know I get tutoring?

If they’re smart, they’ll applaud your resourcefulness and commitment to your education. If they’re super-smart, they’ll be inspired to see a writing tutor for their own work.

Will my professor know I met with a writing tutor?

If you’d like your tutor to email a summary of your session to your professor, you can fill out a contact report form. Otherwise, we will keep your session confidential.

I need to make up my peer review session. Can I do that with a writing tutor?

Yes and no. You can certainly meet with a writing tutor for a tutoring session, and you can request that your professor be notified of your visit. However, our tutors will not fill out peer review worksheets for you.

Can I drop my paper off to be edited and pick it up later?

Nope. That would sort of defeat the whole point of tutoring as conversation and collaboration. As someone smart probably said at some point, “Edit my paper for me, and I will learn nothing. Help me learn to edit my own paper, and I will be able to edit my own paper.”

I met with a writing tutor but still got a C on my paper. What’s up with that?

Here’s the thing about conversation: it has little to do with grades. We can talk to you about your writing, help you see your paper from a reader’s perspective, point out gaps or incoherence, help you plan your revisions, and even help you learn how to use commas and semicolons. What we can’t do is write your paper for you. Writing takes time and planning. It usually takes several drafts. So, if you visit a writing tutor and still get a C on your paper, we suggest the following:

  1. read your professor’s comments and humbly ask for clarification if you don’t understand them
  2. start your next paper earlier
  3. try to visit a writing tutor two or three times before the due date.

Can I be a peer writing tutor?

Please see our employment page for more information about how to become a peer writing tutor.

Contact Information:

Cindy Clem
Cocurricular Programs Coordinator
Language and Writing Communities
Penn State Learning
Phone: (814) 865-0259