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What can you talk about with a writing tutor?

If it’s writing, we can help! You can talk with a tutor about assignments in any course/any subject. 

See these instructions for how to make and attend appointments for writing help.

You can talk with a tutor during any stage of the writing process—you don’t need to wait until you have a completed draft! (In fact, the best time to talk with a tutor is when you’re in the brainstorming/early planning and drafting stages of working on an assignment.)

  • You can talk with a tutor about your assignment prompt, your readings, your topic ideas, a rough outline, or your thesis/main point. Doing so always makes the rest of the process easier and can help you produce a better finished product than if you wait to talk with a tutor just before a paper is due.
  • You can talk with a tutor when you just have a few questions about a part of your draft–such as the introduction, when you want to know how to cite something, or when you want some help finding sources.
  • Of course, another great time to meet with a tutor is when you want some feedback on a completed draft–at least a day or so before you hand it in for a grade. We’ll help you identify ways to revise, improve, and polish your draft.
    • Email appointments, while not interactive like in-person and online sessions, are useful for times when you want written feedback on a completed draft (or a portion of a draft, such as any section of a paper or a reference page).
  • You’ll find the same tutors available at the same times every week. If you find one tutor with whom you enjoy working, it’s a great idea to meet with them throughout the term. The tutor will get to know you and your writing, which can be very helpful in terms of improving your writing.

Appointments are offered in 30-minute slots

  • However, you don’t always have to spend the whole 30 minutes. If you just have a few questions about the assignment prompt, how to cite something, how to find a source, or how to revise a short portion of your draft, those sessions might only last 10-15 minutes.
  • Other tutor meetings may take the full 30 minutes, such as when you want feedback on a completed draft.
  • If you want more time, you can make an appointment for 60 minutes, or you can make 2 30-minute appointments in one week.

All tutors have different styles, so no tutor meeting will be exactly the same. We want to make sure your experience is helpful for you! Reach out to us at writingcenter@utk.edu with any questions.