Peer Writing Tutors are students who have been hired and trained to serve as a constructive audience for all stages of your writing. In addition to possessing strong writing skills, a Peer Writing Tutor must have a thoughtful understanding of the writing process, sensitivity to the difficulties that student writers encounter, and considerable good judgment, patience and tact.
Peer Writing Tutoring is available throughout the semester. Writing Tutors can always be found in the Jacobson Center, Sunday through Thursday nights, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. No appointments are necessary. If you’d like a Writing Tutor to review your draft at any stage of the writing process, just drop by Seelye 307. Be aware, though, that certain times of the semester, such as mid-term, may be busier than others. So plan ahead and come early!
A student who is interested in becoming a Peer Writing Tutor must be nominated by a faculty member. After submitting an application and a writing sample, the student is interviewed by the Director of the Peer Writing Tutor Program. Each year, the Jacobson Center hires from six to eight Tutors, so becoming one is very competitive. In order to create a Peer Writing Tutor Program that mirrors the diverse population of Smith, the Center tries to select students from a range of majors, nontraditional and traditional students, students of color, and students whose first language is not English.
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