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Writing Support Services

Peer tutoring

Peer tutoring is a valuable and effective resource for any student who would like help with writing; it is a collaborative effort and is conducted in a friendly, non-threatening, and relaxed environment. Students also have the advantage of working on skills that are pertinent to their specific needs. For example, if a student is having difficulty with thesis development, the tutor will be able to guide and assist with brainstorming or outlining ideas. Individualized writing assistance is the primary focus of all support that is offered by the tutors. 

The one-on-one, private, and confidential sessions are facilitated by highly trained tutors. Generally, sessions are between 30 and 60 minutes in length. Students may meet with a tutor on a regular basis, schedule an appointment when needed, or take advantage of walk-in tutoring services. 

What to Expect From the Tutor:

  • Private Sessions
  • Confidentiality
  • Dependability
  • Work at your level/pace
  • Friendly and competent help with the following:
    • Learning/study skills
    • Paper development
    • Organization of ideas
    • Analyzing assignments
    • Documentation support: MLA, APA, & CBE
    • Improving command of sentence structure/mechanics/punctuation
    • Writing convincingly in a style that will make you proud

What the Tutor will NOT do:

  • Correct your work
  • Rewrite your paper
  • Edit or proofread your paper

What We Will Expect From You:

  • Conscientious effort
  • Enthusiastic participation
  • Active commitment

Tutors are available Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m, and Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of Writing Support Services at 413-782-1263, stop in to the Writing Center (Herman 107), or feel free to use our online form.

Individual Appointment Request