Becoming a Tutor
How do you apply?
We are looking for graduate and undergraduate students who possess good writing and communication skills, work professionally and patiently with others, manage time effectively, are energetic and team-oriented, and are open to learning new and exciting tutoring and teaching techniques.
If you have previous writing centre experience, please send us a letter of application and a CV between APRIL 1, 2016 and JULY 1, 2016 (to start working in the fall semester). The positions will remain open until filled.
If you do NOT have writing centre experience, please register for WRS 301 (undergraduate course, Fall 2016) or WRS 603 (graduate course, Winter 2017). Upon successful completion of the course (including a practicum in the Centre for Writers), you may be hired (and paid!) the following semester.
STUDENTS OF ALL ACADEMIC AND LINGUISTIC BACKGROUNDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!
What is peer tutoring?
- Working one-on-one with other students on writing and reading skills
- Talking about academic writing
- Providing a second pair of eyes to anyone from amazing writers to struggling writers
- Discussing with international and multilingual students about Canadian writing conventions and expectations
- Visiting classrooms and promoting our services
- Creating teaching materials
- Delivering workshops on a variety of topics
- Working with a dedicated and creative group of people
- Coaching students to adopt effective writing and self-editing strategies
Why should you become a peer tutor?
- To improve your own writing and communication skills
- To earn good money without leaving the campus
- To improve your teaching, presentation, and public speaking skills
- To gain professional experience in a student-focused environment
- To add a very important line in your resume
- To learn about different styles of writing
- To work with clients from various disciplines, cultures and linguistic backgrounds
- To work in a relaxed environment with a fun team
- To make a real difference in other people’s lives
- To learn all kinds of random facts about a multitude of interesting topics
- To gain experience in coaching and active listening
- To belong to an exciting and growing academic field
What do peer tutors help with?
- Understanding assignments and texts
- Reviewing research papers, creative and personal texts, lab reports, and many other kinds of texts for flow & conciseness
- Assisting graduate students with theses and dissertations
- Brainstorming and drafting strategies
- Organizing ideas and developing arguments
- Creating effective thesis statements
- Exploring and explaining research strategies and integrating secondary sources
- Helping students with revising, formatting, spelling, grammar, style, usage, mechanics and more
- Encouraging students to become more confident in their writing skills