What To Expect at a Session

Session Details

Your session with an RWIT tutor is a time to step back and examine your work with a fresh pair of eyes. A tutor can help you in all stages of the composing process, from brainstorming to final revisions. At the beginning of the session, the tutor will get acquainted with your assignment and your work. Please bring a copy of your prompt or assignment to your session. If you are at the brainstorming stage, expect a discussion about the assignment and your initial thoughts. If you have a draft or part of a draft written, expect the tutor to spend a few minutes reading it. For the remainder of the session, your tutor will engage you in dialogue about where and how you might improve your work. Tools such as outlining or reference materials may be used. We respect the privacy of our clients, and sessions will remain confidential.

What We Do

  • Assist you in any stage of the composing process.
  • Help you organize and structure your ideas, regardless of project topic.
  • Concentrate on specific aspects of the project, i.e., argument, cohesion, conclusion.
  • Point out recurring spelling or grammar mistakes.

What We Don't Do

  • Write the paper or do the project for you.
  • Direct you on what to write or do.
  • Act as proofreaders.
  • Guarantee an "A" on papers or projects.
  • Work with take-home exam essays or projects, unless the student has the expressed permission of the instructor to use RWIT services.

How To Prepare for a Session

Preparing appropriately for a meeting with an RWIT tutor is key to getting the most out of your session. To avoid complications, make sure you have permission from your professor to seek RWIT's help.

What to Bring

  • A clear idea of what you want to accomplish.
  • For papers, a hard copy of your draft or outline (if you've gotten this far).
  • For multimedia projects, a way to display your work at the RWIT center (if you've gotten this far).
  • A copy of the prompt or assignment.
  • Yourself. You may not send a proxy or substitute to the meeting.

Tips for a Successful Session

  • Be on time, even if you don't anticipate needing the full hour.
  • Have an idea of your professor's expectations.
  • Prepare to be involved. Writing isn't a passive process and neither is an RWIT session. You are the author; without your ideas and your input, there is little a tutor can do.

Working with Tutors

Can you just proofread my paper?

While tutors may note some errors on spelling and punctuation, tutors will mainly comment on the overall organization and flow of your paper. You may request that a tutor look for those errors, but please be aware that RWIT is not a copyediting service.

Instead of coming in for a session, can I just blitz my paper to you and get feedback over BlitzMail?

No. For an RWIT tutor to make any comments on your paper, you must attend the tutoring session.

Can multiple people working on a collaborative, multimedia project schedule a group appointment?

Yes, but the group should contact the Head Tutor and the RWIT tutor they are scheduled to meet to let both of them know that multiple students will be attending the session.

I am working on a paper in a specific discipline (science, art history, engineering sciences).  How can I find a tutor who can help me this paper?

RWIT tutors are trained as general readers. All tutors are capable of assisting students with projects, papers and assignments in any discipline.  No need to worry about picking a specific tutor for any specific paper or project.

Can tutors verify session attendance or give professors progress reports?

No. RWIT tutors are not permitted to engage in third-party discussions about a student's session.