by Sarah Brown
Students and faculty often have odd misconceptions about tutors and the Writing Center. So here are some myths and facts to help you understand a little more about us:
Myth: The Writing Center is mostly for freshmen.
Myth BUSTED: The Writing Center is for anybody and everybody: freshmen, seniors, graduate students, faculty members, community members, you name it!
Myth: Students can drop off their paper and tutors will fix every single problem in the paper.
Myth BUSTED: A tutorial is 20-30 minutes and consists of collaboration between the student and tutor. Tutors ask about the student’s concerns, help address those concerns, and then bring up any of their own concerns. While the tutor does help fix some issues within the paper, it is usually done through discussions where the student asks questions and the tutor teaches principles that not only benefit the student now, but also in the future.
Myth: Going to the Writing Center = automatic A on a paper
Myth BUSTED: While tutors can provide guidance for a paper, they cannot completely rewrite a paper to make it perfect; the student’s paper is still their own! Tutors strive to teach concepts that the student can practice and develop on their own, thus improving their overall writing skills instead of just one measly paper.
Myth: Tutors know everything about writing, so students must take their advice.
Myth BUSTED: As much as the tutors would like to think they know everything, they don’t. Students are the ones in charge of their paper, so they have control over what advice they want to implement.
Myth: All tutors are English majors; that’s why they are all obsessed with writing.
Myth BUSTED: Some of the tutors are English majors, but you can also find tutors with other majors like Physics, Epidemiology, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering.
Myth: Tutors judge students based off their paper and aren’t really supportive.
Myth BUSTED: Okay, so maybe this last one is a stretch…we hope no one has ever felt this way! The truth is we love what we do and we’re here to help. All of us are writers and learners, and we all struggle in our own way. So don’t worry – the tutors in the Writing Center will help and empathize with you as you discover the writing process that works best for you.