Writing Center Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How does it feel to be the tutee (the writer)?
A: Below is a brainstormed list of how tutees feel when they face a tutor:

  • Scared
  • Awkward
  • Nervous
Q: How do you break the ice?
A: Below is a brainstormed list of ways to break the ice at the beginning of a tutoring session:
  • Introduce ourselves
  • Make a personal connection; find out what you have in common e.g., we're in the same Math class
  • Explain what the writing center is and what we do here
  • Ask questions
  • Brainstorm ideas
Q: How do you conclude a tutoring session?
A: Below is a brainstormed list of ways to end the tutoring session:
  • End with a compliment sandwich
  • Make a plan
  • Thank them for coming
  • Encourage the tutee and end on a positive note

Q: What challenges do tutors face?
A: Below is a brainstormed list of challenges that tutors have faced:
  • Don't know a nice way to tell the writer to add more ideas to their writing

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