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Writing Tutor Training 

ARC Writing Tutors -- view the presentation (get the CD from the Writing Lab--See Tina) and complete the questions during quiet periods while you're working at the ARC.

As you view the presentation, complete the form below. When you click "Submit," the form will be e-mailed to the Writing Lab Supervisor. Note--if you can't complete this training in one session, submit what you do get done and start from where you left off next. Be sure to include your name and e-mail address with each submission.

Tutor Name:

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1. What does it mean to move a writer from "writer based to reader-based prose"?

2. What is your first step in responding to a student's writing?

3. What are the three purposes of reading (according tot he training) and what do you get from each to help you tutor writing?

4. After reading the sample paper (linked to slide #13), write a brief summary of the way you could construct a response for the student writer. Be sure to include at least one compliment, one or two primary concerns, a pattern of grammatical errors, and suggestions for improvement.

5. Give a brief description of facilitative tutoring and why it is the preferred method for writing tutors.

6. What is the goal of freewriting or the "discovery draft"?

7. What are two questions you can ask the student to help clarify the thesis statement?

8. What are two suggestions you can make to improve the structure of a paper?

9. What are the three things to look for when assessing paragraphs?

10. What should you address when a paper is structurally and grammatically correct but lacks "luster"?

11. What is a good approach to take when you see many mechanical problems (spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.) in a student's paper?

12. What kinds of errors are typical of International students?

13. Describe one way to help International students with cultural differences that affect their writing.

14. What are the four tutoring "don'ts" when working with International students?

15. How should you open a tutoring session?

16. When prioritizing your goals for a tutoring session, what kind of issues should you address first?

17. What is one thing you can do when "pacing" a session?

18. Why is it important to be aware of your posture and tone while tutoring?

19. Briefly summarize how to "close" a writing tutoring session.

20. After viewing the video (linked to Slide #76), describe one thing you learned about conducting a good writing session. Include what was happening on the video, your response, and how you may apply the principle to your own tutoring.