and second-language learners often encounter challenges to their developing
writing skills. For those students, tutoring can be a crucial tool for
interpersonal and academic success.
sessions at the Writing Center show that IUP students are using this tool. During
Spring semester 2014, tutors conducted 2,009 tutoring sessions for students across
One of the largest
academic demographics served is the College of Health and Human Services.
Students in Nursing, Criminology, and Safety Sciences majors also make frequent use
of the Writing Center, especially to edit for brevity and clarity.
students in majors ranging from Piano Pedagogy to International Business come
to the Writing Center for feedback on the organization and flow of their
writing. Sessions can focus on drafting skills, developing ideas with details
and examples, style, grammar, punctuation, and citing sources.
While many students
come to the Center on their own, others visit after being coaxed by a professor.
According to the Writing Center’s own survey, over a third of students come for
tutoring as a result of being referred there by a friend.
learners visit the Writing Center. Among the tutors, Master of Arts students in
the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program provide a special
level of expertise to assist those writers. They also help to train other
students for such sessions.
The number of
students served is apparent in the growth of the Online Writing Center and the
doubling of sessions in the Writing Center’s satellite location in the IUP Libraries,
increasing from 100 to 200 sessions since last year.
In Spring 2014, 90 percent of tutees rated their sessions as “Very Helpful,” seven percent
rated them as “Helpful,” and three percent as “Not Helpful.”
—By Erin Guydish
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