Tutor Guiding Principles
We believe that:
- Developing writing skills benefits writers in the long term.
- Writing is a multi-stage and cyclical process (brainstorming, planning, writing, revising, etc.).
- Higher-order concerns (such as organization and development of ideas) should be prioritized over revisions of lower-order concerns (such as word choice, spelling, and grammar).
- Writers provided with appropriate resources will become self-sufficient.
- Native English-speaking writers as well as ESL/EAL/bilingual/multilingual writers can all benefit from help with their writing.
- The diversity of writing contexts and styles (in different disciplines) implies that there is no one right way of writing.
- The writer's voice must be maintained throughout the writing process.
- Intellectual and academic integrity must always be understood and respected.
- Maintaining a zero-pressure environment is conducive to discussing openly the writers’ successes and challenges.
- The strategies we suggest are applicable to all writers: all writers can always improve.
As a result of these beliefs, the Centre for Writers tutors implement the following practices:
- We aim to enhance individual writing practices, not just individual pieces of writing.
- We encourage all writers, in all faculties and at all levels (student/faculty/staff), to come or return at any stage of their writing to make use of the Centre for Writers’ resources.
- Due to time limitations, we are usually unable to address every concern and we will typically address higher order concerns ahead of lower order concerns.
- We promote client involvement and self-direction in the session, and incorporate resources to develop effective writing strategies.
- We are trained to address the specific concerns of both native English and ESL/EAL/bilingual/international writers with any concern and at any proficiency level.
- We will help writers navigate a variety of writing contexts, including assignment analysis and disciplinary writing conventions. We strive to widen our knowledge about different writing standards.
- We are active readers and listeners and help writers make their own writing decisions through suggestions and questions.
- Writers are the experts and must take ownership of their work. We are only guides and will not provide content or evaluate/grade a piece of writing.
- We provide a free and safe place for writers to freely discuss their writing concerns.
- We will constantly update our knowledge about writing and tutoring, and use this knowledge in our own writing practices.