Writing Tutors


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Join the staff of undergraduate students in Penn State Learning by becoming a peer tutor.

The process of becoming a peer tutor begins with the submission of this application and a letter of recommendation from an instructor who knows you as a writer. Interested students are interviewed and, if accepted, are trained in a three-credit, semester-long course called English 250.

Prerequisites for English 250 are English 15 or 30 (English 202 is preferred but not required). In English 250, tutors-in-training learn about the different types of writing that are commonly assigned at Penn State, as well as techniques for tutoring. They also learn about the writing center's policies, write papers on tutoring issues, and observe current tutors at work so they can better learn how to conduct a tutoring session. Finally, tutors-in-training complete a practicum of unpaid, supervised work before they may officially join the Penn State Learning staff.

If you are interested in becoming a writing tutor:

  • Contact Jon Olson, Scholar in Residence for Writing, in 206 Boucke for further information about becoming a peer tutor, or call him at 865-6383.

You may also complete the writing tutor application.