About Our Tutoring

About Our Tutoring

The Writing Center is offering all individual consultations online. Students have the choice of meeting their tutor online in real time on Zoom or submitting a draft for the tutor's written feedback. 

Our goals are long term

Our tutors work with writers on specific assignments, but our goals go beyond helping the writer improve the paper at hand. We want students to develop knowledge they can use going forward, so they become stronger, more assured writers in the long term. Thus in any given session, our tutors are likely to work in depth with the writer on two or three important issues and strategies, and the session will include conversation, analysis, explanation, and, of course, writing. We believe this kind of focused work leads to learning that students can transfer to the next writing task.

Please keep in mind that tutors do not proofread or edit writers' drafts. If you would like your students to have their drafts professionally edited, you may suggest they contact Jay Patel, the English Department's Graduate Coordinator (jpatel2@gmu.edu), who can circulate requests for freelance editing among the English graduate students. 

We need your permission to tutor essay exams

Unless we have written permission from you, we do not tutor students on assignments and essays distinguished as “take-home exams.”

You may include a note in your syllabus or exam prompt telling students they may consult a Writing Center tutor as they work on take-home exams; your student may show this note to their tutors. In the absence of such a note, you may email us at wcenter@gmu.edu to give permission for individual students to consult tutors on a take-home exam.

Verifying that students have visited the Writing Center

We provide a visit verification form to students who request them; the student may then pass the form on to you. This form indicates the date and length of the session, and provides a few notes on issues the student and tutor worked on during the session.

Tutors may not sign off on or certify student work; thus we must respectfully decline to sign such forms provided by instructors.