What Goes on During a Tutorial?
What goes on during a tutorial is completely up to you! If you're struggling with a particular area (comma use, for instance), our peer tutors can sit down with you and work on that. If you've just typed up your final term paper and need help with transitions between ideas, or flow, or anything else, we'd be glad to help with that too.
Most students choose to just walk in with their papers; we're by the computer labs in ODY. Our hours are posted in the right hand column of this website. You'll be asked to fill out a quick form stating what class the paper is for, what the assignment is about, and what you would like help with. There is also an option to not have a record of the "tutorial" sent to your professor; most professors like to see that you're trying hard, so it's probably to your benefit to have them see you've been to the WORD Studio.
You and the peer tutor will then sit down for about half-an-hour and discuss any part of your writing you'd like. They'll most likely read your entire paper and suggest a few areas that you can improve. When the tutorial is over, you'll be asked to fill out a quick, two minute evaluation form on the tutorial. These really do help our tutors get better over time. You can even recommend them for an award!
If you are doing an oral presentation, we have a full audio-visual room set up to help you practice. You can run through your speech in front of a trained tutor and we can give you pointers at the end. Perhaps you were stumbling over your words at one part, or used a few too many "ummms" or "ahhhs" in your speech. We can even record the speech for you and give it to you on a DVD so you can watch yourself giving the speech! Of course, we can always help you brainstorm ideas or otherwise help you get started.
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