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Tutors Offer Help with Writing

Posted on 8/14/2013 8:47:16 AM

Last year, IUP Writing Center tutors led over 4,000 one-on-one tutoring sessions with IUP students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Tutoring at the Writing Center is free to all IUP students.

“Most tutoring occurs at the Writing Center in 218 Eicher Hall,” according to Ben Rafoth, director of the Writing Center. “In addition, students can meet with Writing Center tutors in our new library satellite center weekday evenings from 8:00–11:00 p.m. and Sundays 5:00–10:00 p.m..” The satellite writing center is located on the first floor of the library behind the reference desk.

Students can also meet their tutor online for a live, interactive session. Details for scheduling an online session may be found on the Writing Center website.

“If you're a freshman student, there’s no better place to go for help with your writing assignments,” says Emily Weber, a senior undergraduate tutor. “Well, ideally you could meet with your professor as often as you want, but that’s not realistic. That’s why we have the Writing Center. It’s really popular with students.”

Weber is one of 24 undergraduate and graduate tutors at the Writing Center. In addition, two retired English Department faculty members, Ron Emerick and Cate McClenahan, serve as volunteers.​

The Writing Center is located in Eicher Hall. Eicher Hall is on Grant Street across from the Wallwork Suites.  For more information, call 724-357-3029 or send an e-mail message to