Doyle Online Writing Lab

Practical Matters

Adapted from material compiled by Kary Pratt, August 1986.

The Writing Center is located in the Dorothy Johansen House and is open Sunday through Thursday, 6:00-10:00 PM. It is essential that tutors work during the hours they are scheduled. If you cannot make it for some reason, please use the moodle to find a sub, and let the head tutor know if you are unsuccessful in finding a replacement.  People do count on you!

Sometimes the Center has too few tutors to handle the number of people who want to talk to you.  If that happens, you can try a couple of these strategies. 1) Check to see whether some people might be willing to come back the next day and get their names so they'll have first priority with the next evening's tutors. 2) See if any students would like to work in small groups. If several first-year students are working on one paper topic, for example, they might be able to give each other some help with your intermittent guidance. 3) Allocate a certain amount of time per person, and ask people to sign up for "appointments" over the time you're available to work. Try to let people know that the Writing Center isn't always this crowded, and that they are most likely to get the best attention if they come at some time other than just before Hum 110 papers are due.

If there are any problems you need help with, please be sure to check with Julie Maxfield. It's not a bad idea to talk to a given student's instructor, if you think this would be helpful, and if you get the student's permission.