Writing Tutoring Process
Though students do not have to come to the writing lab with a completed draft, when your tutors work with you on a draft, they usually follow this process.
- When looking at a piece, tutors first see whether a student has met the assignment's requirements, i.e. answered the question.
- Second, the tutors attempt to identify a thesis statement and ensuing topic sentences, ensuring flow, order, cohesion, and focus.
- Third, the tutors look at each paragraph, reviewing how it is introduced, how it is divided, how it is organized and structured, and how it works together.
- Fourth, tutors will look at how students incorporate and document research.
- Finally, tutors will look at sentence-level errors, beginning with the most major (fragments, run-ons, missing words, subject-verb agreement) and working towards the least major (consistency, commas, word choice).
This can be a long process, an a half-hour session does not ensure that tutors can cover all areas; therefore, students should make multiple appointments for one assignment.