Want to Become a Writing Tutor?
The Writing Center is looking for a few great writers to tutor in the Writing Center each semester. You'll be part of a wonderful group of peer tutors, help your peers to become better writers, improve your own writing skills, and earn a professional/academic reference after two semesters of tutoring. Plus, you'll gain valuable multicultural teaching experience that looks great on your résumé or grad school application.
Our tutors have gone on to graduate Binghamton University with honors and become Fulbright Scholars, gain admission to graduate programs at Columbia and NYU, and attend law school, to name a few accomplishments.
Students from all disciplines—science, engineering, humanities, business, health, and the arts—are encouraged to apply. If you are in at least the second semester of your sophomore year, carry at least a 3.0 GPA, enjoy working with people, and would like to gain valuable teaching education, experience, and practicum credits, contact the Writing Center or submit the tutoring application. E-mail Wendy Stewart or call 607-777-6729.
By the time you begin tutoring, you must be a junior or senior who's maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. You must be a strong academic writer with a clear understanding of writing strategies and conventions. You must enjoy working with people, have a good sense of humor, and be friendly, flexible, and reliable.
A Few Details
New tutors enroll for 2.0 or 4.0 credit hours in WRIT 491, a two-part pass-fail practicum in college teaching. You may repeat the course once, for a total of two semesters of tutoring, again for either 2.0 or 4.0 credit hours, for a maximum of 8.0 credit hours.
Part I: Tutors attend WRIT 491 Practicum in College Teaching, a 90-minute once-weekly class dedicated to the theory and practice behind Writing Center pedagogies. Activities include weekly readings, discussion of the tutoring experience, a weekly reflective teaching journal or tutoring philosophy, and projects as assigned. The day and time of the practicum is determined by the class schedules of those accepted into WRIT 491, but typically are Monday or Tuesday evenings. Returning tutors are required to attend some but not all of the weekly class meetings.
Part II: Tutors complete four to eight 45-minute tutoring shifts, depending on the number of registered credit hours, each week and work on Writing Center projects. Tutors receive their weekly tutoring schedule after the first week of classes. Tutors agree to abide by the expectations outlined in the "Application to Become a Writing Center Tutor." All tutors must successfully complete designated orientation hours and training before becoming Writing Center tutors. Please do not apply if you are unable to commit to the full course of orientation and training.
The Application Process
Complete the Application to Become a Tutor and take it to secretary Barbara Zwick in the Writing Center in Library North 2411. Tutor candidates will be selected competitively according to Writing Center needs.