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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
You will meet with your tutor once a week for an 80 minute session for five consecutive weeks.
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.
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.
Yes. Each tutor is assigned two students per session but the tutor will alternate between students so each student gets personal attention.
Plangere 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.
If you have attended all of your sessions, at the end of your first five weeks of tutoring, you will have the opportunity to renew. You can continue meeting with the same tutor at the same time until the Center closes at the end of the semester
The Plangere Writing Center on the College Avenue Campus is located in Room 303 in Murray Hall, 510 George Street. The front desk and the desk of the Coordinator are in Room 304. The Administrative Assistant and the Coordinator can both be reached at (848) 932-1149.
Murray Hall is located on Voorhees Mall between Milledoler Hall and the Art History Library, and across from Scott Hall. The closest bus stop is the Scott Hall bus stop on College Avenue.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, tutoring is offered Monday through Thursday, 2nd period through 7th period (9:50am - 7:30pm) and Fridays, 2nd period through 5th period (9:50am - 4:10pm).
For Summer Sessions, there is only drop-in tutoring. Please visit our Drop-In Hours page to view our availability.
Tutoring is free for all Rutgers University full time undergraduate students.
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 pass/fail based on your attendance at tutoring.
University College students 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.
There are no E credits during summer tutoring.
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 4 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.
There are no excused absences. If you are going to be absent, you should call the Writing Center as a courtesy so that your tutor can be informed. (Tutors are not paid when appointments are missed.)
If you are going to miss a session, please contact the Writing Center at (848) 932-1149.
Our services are primarily for students in Writing Program courses. Students in other courses at Rutgers can attend tutoring at the discretion of the directors of the individual Writing Centers. If you are in a non-Writing Program course and you wish to attend Writing Program tutoring, you must have writing to work on consistently for five weeks.
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.
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.