FAQ

About Tutoring:

How does tutoring work?
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 walk-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?

Signing Up:

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

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?
What if I am going to be late?
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?

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.

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 be scheduled to meet with your tutor once a week for an 80 minute session through the last week of tutoring for the semester. After you have attended 4 of the first 5 sessions, you will have received a PASS for the class and may notify the Digital Writing Center (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) that you wish to cancel your remaining sessions.

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?

There is no drop-in tutoring at this time.

Is tutoring free?

Tutoring is free for all Rutgers University full time undergraduate students.

Who are the tutors?

The tutors are a mix of advanced undergraduate and graduate students, Instructors, and Part-time Lecturers. All are highly skilled writers and have received intensive training that prepares them to engage students with care and rigor.)

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?

 The Digital Writing Center will begin accepting requests for tutoring on September 14. Please go to our Enroll in Tutoring page for more information.

Where is the Writing Center located?

For the fall 2020 semester, all tutoring sessions will be hosted online at our Digital Writing Center. If you have any questions, please email our Administrative Assistants at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our physical locations on Douglass, College Avenue, and Livingston campuses are closed until in-person instruction resumes


When is tutoring available?

Tutoring is offered from 9:00am - 11:40pm, Monday - Thursday, and from 9:00am - 12:20pm on Friday.

Do I get credit for coming to tutoring?

If you are a full-time undergraduate student, 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. However, they are counted in the number of credits you carry for the semester overall and, thus, can assist you in maintaining full-time status. For example, if you are registered for 12 credits and sign up for tutoring at the Writing Centers, you will then be carrying 13.5 credits. These E credits will appear on your transcript as 355:096 and will be grade Pass/Fall based on your tutoring attendance.

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.

What is the attendance policy?

You are expected to attend all of your scheduled appointments. However, for the first 5 sessions, you are permitted one absence. If you incur more than one absence during this time, you will be dropped from the tutoring schedule and receive a Fail in the Writing Center course (355:096) on your transcript. If you attend 4 of the first 5 sessions, you will receive a Pass in the Writing Center course on your transcript. At this point, you may sign up for an additional 5 tutoring sessions, and are permitted an additional absence. Again, if you incur more than one absence during this second 5 sessions, you will be dropped from the tutoring schedule. This will not affect the Pass you have already earned.

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

There are no excused absences unless arranged with our Administrative Assistants 48 hours ahead of time. If you must miss a session, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible so we can inform your tutor.

What if I am going to be late?

If you are going to be late, please email the Administrative Assistants at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are more than 20 minutes late, it will be considered an absence

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

As of now, the Digital Writing Center does not offer tutoring to students who are not enrolled in Writing Program courses. You may get help with your writing for a non-Writing Program class at the Rutgers Learning Center on your campus. To find out more about their services, please visit their homepage.

Will my instructor know I'm coming to tutoring?

Please inform your Instructor that you are enrolled in tutoring. If your Instructor wishes, your tutor can get in contact with them to discuss how best to meet your tutoring needs.

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