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Student FAQ

About Tutoring: 

How does tutoring work? What is minimalist tutoring?
Is tutoring just for students who are failing their Writing Program courses?
Will tutoring really help me earn higher grades?
How long will tutoring last?
What should I bring with me to my tutoring sessions?
Is there drop-in tutoring?

About the Tutors:

Who are the tutors?
Will I receive one-on-one tutoring at the Writing Center?
Do I meet with the same tutor every week?
How do I become a tutor?

 

Signing Up:

When can I sign up? What do I need to sign up?
Can I sign up for more than one set of five tutoring sessions?

 

Location/Hours:

Where is the Writing Center located?
When is tutoring available?
Is tutoring free?

 

Policies:

Do I get credit for coming to tutoring?
What is the attendance policy?
What should I do if I have to miss a scheduled tutoring session?
Can I come to tutoring even if I am not in a Writing Program course?
Will my instructor know that I am coming to tutoring?

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How does tutoring work? What is minimalist tutoring?
Students receive individualized and directed assistance to develop their reading and writing skills. The primary goal of the center is to move students towards independence in these skills. The tutor will help you learn to read closely, develop critical readings, revise your drafts, and correct your errors on your own. The tutor will not do the work for you, correct your paper, act as a proofreader or style-checker, and will not explain the readings to you. Rather, the tutor will work with you on your own paper to help you learn how to revise, complicate, and develop your own readings of texts. The tutor will also work with you to develop the skills necessary to determine and correct your own patterns of error.

This approach to tutoring is minimalist in that it seeks to minimize your dependence upon the writing tutor. The tutor's job is to assist you in identifying problem areas with your writing, to provide you with a concrete plan for working on those areas, to allow you the time to begin doing that work yourself, and to provide you with guidance when you get stuck.

 

Is tutoring just for students who are failing their Writing Program courses?

No. While tutoring can make the difference between failing and passing for some students, any student in any Writing Program course can benefit from tutoring. Because you meet one-on-one with a tutor, and because the tutor is in contact with your teacher, sessions focus on your individual writing skills. Certainly students who are in danger of failing should sign up for tutoring, but you might also want to register if you are generally a B student and you want to figure out how to write papers that will earn A's. We're confident that every student who comes to a Writing Center and takes tutoring seriously becomes a better writer.

 

Will tutoring really help me earn higher grades?
Attendance at the Writing Centers does not assure improvement. In conjunction with regular completion of coursework, however, tutoring is an effective way to address the challenges of college-level expository writing. Students who sign up for tutoring early in the semester also tend to improve more than those who wait until the last minute.

 

How long will tutoring last?

You will meet with your tutor once a week for an 80 minute session for up to 10 consecutive weeks (depending on how early in the semester you register); after 5 weeks, you may elect to end tutoring, but must notify us in person of this decision.

 

What should I bring with me to my tutoring sessions?
BRING ALL CLASS MATERIALS AT ALL TIMES, including the textbook, your notes, all of your first and final drafts, and any other relevant materials. Students who bring nothing to a tutoring session are liable to be marked absent. You may think you have nothing left to do, but you can always improve your writing.

 

Is there drop-in tutoring?
Yes. Please go to our Drop-In Hours information

 

Who are the tutors?
The tutors are a mix of advanced undergraduate students who are highly skilled writers, graduate students who are highly skilled writers and/or Teaching Assistants from the Writing Program, and Instructors and Part-Time Lecturers from the Writing Program. All have received intensive training that prepares them to implement the Writing Program's minimalist approach to tutoring.

 

Will I receive one-on-one tutoring at the Writing Center?
Yes. Each tutor is assigned two students per session but the tutor will alternate between students so each student gets personal attention.

 

Do I meet with the same tutor every week?
Yes.

 

When can I sign up? What do I need to sign up?

Livingston will begin to accept requests for tutoring during the third week of the semester. Please go to our Enrollment page to read about enrollment and to complete the enrollment form. 

 

Can I sign up for more than one set of five tutoring sessions?

You will initially be scheduled for up to 10 weeks (depending on how early in the semester you register); after 5 weeks, you may elect to end tutoring, but must notify us in person of the decision. You can continue meeting with the same tutor at the same time until the Center closes at the end of the semester


Where is the Writing Center located?

The Livingston Writing Center on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway is located in Room B106 in the B-Wing of Lucy Stone Hall, 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue. The office is in LSHB Room 104A. The Administrative Assistant can be reached at (848) 445-4048.

Lucy Stone Hall is located on Livingston Campus between the Quads and Tillett Hall. The closest bus stop is the Quads bus stop on Livingston Campus.  Click here for a Map.

When is tutoring available?

During the Fall and Spring semesters, tutoring is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1st period through 5th period (8:40am - 5pm) and Tuesday and Thursday, 1st period through 7th period (8:40am - 8pm).
Livingston Writing Center is closed during the Summer.

 

Is tutoring free?
Tutoring is free for all Rutgers University full-time undergraduate students.  

 

Do I get credit for coming to tutoring?
If you are a full-time undergraduate, during the Fall and Spring semesters, you will receive 1.5 e-credits for tutoring. These credits are empty credits. This means they do not count towards graduation or get factored into your GPA. They do get counted within the number of credits you are carrying for the semester, however, and can thus assist you in maintaining full-time status. For example, if you are registered for 12 credits and you sign-up for the Writing Center, you will be carrying 13.5 credits. These e-credits will also appear on your transcript as 355:096 and will be graded as pass/fail based on your attendance at tutoring.

University College, graduate, and part-time students do not receive e-credits for the Writing Center unless they wish to pay for them. In this case, the student must inform the center of this wish at the time of sign-up.

 

What is the attendance policy?
You are expected to meet all of your scheduled appointments. You are allowed to miss 1 out of 5 sessions. If you miss more than 1 session, you will be dropped from the tutoring schedule and receive an F in the Writing Center course (355:096) on your transcript.

If you sign up later in the semester for sessions, you are not allowed any absences. If you are absent you will be dropped from the tutoring schedule and receive an F in the Writing Center course (355:096) on your transcript.

 

What should I do if I have to miss a scheduled tutoring session?

There are no excused absences. If you are going to be absent, you should call the Writing Center 24 hours in advance as a courtesy so that your tutor can be informed.

If you are going to miss a session, please contact the Writing Center at (848) 445-4048.

 

Can I come to tutoring even if I am not in a Writing Program class?

Our services are primarily for students in Writing Program courses.

If you are not enrolled in a Writing Program course, you may get help with your writing at the Rutgers Learning Center on your campus. To find out more about their services, please visit their homepage (rlc.rutgers.edu). 

 

Will my instructor know I'm coming to tutoring?
You should inform your instructor that you have enrolled in tutoring. If your instructor so wishes, your tutor can get in contact with them to collaborate on how to best meet your tutoring needs.

Center Hours

Summer Hours

We are closed during the summer.


Fall & Spring Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:40am-4:40pm

Tuesday & Thursday
8:40am-8pm

 

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Enrollment begins 9/18
Tutoring begins 9/25

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