Tutor Expectations, Job Description, and Application
Writing Tutors are trained to work one-on-one with students across campus who need help with writing, whatever the assignment, discipline, or stage of composing. As you could imagine, tutors and must be
- effective writers
- effective communicators with strong interpersonal skills
- interested in participating in improving student writing across campus
Training for Tutors is provided in the form of a one-hour course (ENG262) that is required for all tutors. Tutors are paid on a monthly basis for hourly work. Additional meetings/gatherings outside scheduled tutoring hours will not be paid unless otherwise stated—these are, in most cases, considered part of the privilege of holding a Tutor position, and will not be excessive.
Writing Center Tutors are accountable to Virginia Bower, Writing Center Director. This job requires that Tutors fulfill the following responsibilities:
- Be punctual and reliable!!…for all scheduled tutoring hours, meetings, training sessions, etc.
- Register for ENG262, a one-hour training class. Scheduling for weekly meetings TBA.
- Be constructive, encouraging, and positive in interactions with WCenter clients.
- Become familiar with writing center scholarship and, when opportunities present themselves, prepare presentation(s) for faculty, peers, and other institutions to be presented at campus meetings and off-campus professional conferences.
- Be informed about one-on-one conferencing techniques to help students benefit from tutoring experience.
- Complete all necessary forms and reports required for all tutoring sessions.
- Make announcements to classes, at special events, etc., about WCenter’s work, schedule, etc.; promote Writing Center through various publicity programs and activities (e.g., post fliers).
- Attend regularly scheduled meetings with Center director and other tutors. Meetings will take into consideration busy schedules, but tutors are expected to make meetings a priority. Meetings will be scheduled not more than one per month except under extenuating circumstances.
- Contribute to creating a community of tutors/scholars. This can take many forms (see #s 1-14!). We may host campus events, or we may plan tutor socials that can help build connections among peer tutors, or we may plan activities with other groups on campus. Tutors are also part of a larger group of regional tutors, and as such, will be required, usually once per semester, to participate in a Regional Tutor Meeting. NOTE: If extra- and co-curricular activities have your schedule packed so full that you do not have time for meeting outside of your scheduled tutoring hours, you probably should not apply to be a tutor!
- Submit monthly timesheet in an accurate and timely manner.
- Be a good ambassador and model for WCenter work, for the MHU Writing Program, for effective writing across campus, and for the part tutors play in enhancing the academic experience of the MHU campus.
- Commit to staying informed (via email, additional meetings, etc.) and to responding in a timely manner when an issue needs to be resolved among tutors.
- Be flexible! Sometimes more will be asked, sometimes less; sometimes Tutors need to cover for each other; sometimes Plan B needs to be implemented!
- Be available! Though Tutors tend to be the busiest students on campus because of their involvement in other campus activities, they must fulfill their time commitments to tutoring and additional responsibilities.
Q: How many hours per week will I be expected to work as a Tutor?
As a Tutor, as many as you’d like! As much as possible, the Director works with all Tutors to fill open hours in the Writing Center. While not all requests can be honored in every detail, an effort will be made to create a schedule that works for the university as well as for the tutor.
Q: What if I have a conflict that prevents me from working my assigned tutoring hours?
All tutors are responsible for their agreed-upon schedule! If a conflict arises, each tutor is responsible for his/her sub. You should talk with other tutors, submit an email request, or in some other way secure a sub—the worst mistake a tutor can make is to be a “no show” when students are waiting for important writing help!
Q: How often do I get paid as a tutor?
Time sheets should be completed and submitted to Director no later than the last day of the month; tutors will then be paid on the regular university monthly payment schedule.
Q: What if I am on duty but have no clients to work with? Is it OK to do work for my own courses?
Priority must always be given to clients! No matter what paper is due for you that day or night, no matter how important your own studies might be and how cramped you may be for time, you must never use your tutoring hours as your own personal study hall!! If no clients are in need of your attention, you might check out another college’s writing center website to see what’s happening there, or you might explore further our own website to see if there is room for expanding what our website offers. There may be some writing center scholarship you could read, or you might want to review any research or articles you’ve read as part of ENG262 or ENG263. IF you have exhausted ALL possibilities for using your PAID time constructively, you may use the time for your own studying, knowing that as soon as you are needed for tutoring that you must immediately interrupt your own work in order to fulfill your responsibilities as a paid Tutor.