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Your session at the Writing Center is a time to step back and examine your work with a fresh pair of eyes. Through collaborative support, tutors help you review and assess your projects, develop and reorganize content, refine or revise the written style, and decide how to direct your work after the session is over.
Tutors can support you in any stage of the composing process, from brainstorming to final revisions. If you are at a brainstorming stage, expect a discussion about the assignment or context of the project and collaborative discussion about developing ideas and initial choices about structure and organization. If you have a draft or part of a draft written, expect the tutor to spend a few minutes reading it or to ask you to read it aloud with them. In every session, expect your tutor to engage you in dialogue about where and how you might improve your work.
Note that we respect the privacy of student tutees; the content of sessions will remain confidential unless College conduct policies for students and employees require otherwise.
Writing Center Tutors are designated "responsible employees" under the College's Title IX policy. That means that, like other faculty and staff on campus, they are required to report to the Dartmouth Title IX Coordinator certain information that they learn while working as a tutor. College policy requires responsible employees to to share a disclosure of sexual assault, sexual or gender-based harassment, dating or domestic violence, or stalking including all the details known with the Title IX Coordinator at Dartmouth.
To learn more about Title IX at Dartmouth and the differences between "responsible employees" and staff and other resources designated as "confidential," visit Dartmouth's Title IX Office website and its page on responsible employees.
Preparing appropriately for a meeting with a Writing Center tutor is key to getting the most out of your session. To avoid complications, make sure you have permission from your professor to seek the help of the Writing Center.
Tutors are employed to support your learning and your growth as a writer, not just to polish your projects. So, while tutors can defintely support you in noticing and making decisions about patterns in grammar, spelling, or word usage, they will only do so in dialogue with you.
Sort of! In 2020, the Writing Center launched an asynchronous feedback option, designed for students who can't access live tutoring. Log into the Writing Center's scheduling platform, rwit.dartmouth.edu for more information.
Yes, but please email your tutor in advance to let them know they'll be meeting with multiple students.
Writing Center tutors are trained as general readers. We think all tutors are capable of assisting students with projects, papers and assignments in any discipline. However, you can also look for tutoring staff with academic interests that align with your project on our Staff page: Our Staff.
No. Writing Center tutors are not permitted to engage in third-party discussions about a student's session. Our online scheduling system will generate a confirmation email once a session has been completed; you are welcome to forward that automated message if you need to verify your attendance with someone else.