Course-Specific Tutoring

Tutors' responsbilities
Courses which have used course-specific tutors
Instructors' comments

While WTS hires tutoring staff from throughout the curriculum, and cross-trains its tutors to work with students from a variety of disciplines, it also provides faculty with the opportunity to have a tutor assigned to an individual course.

These course-specific tutors’ work deepens the writing-in-the-disciplines focus of the Campus Writing Program’s mission. While familiarity with the discourse conventions of a particular discipline is useful to a tutor as he or she works with a student, familiarity with the course itself—with the instructors’ pedagogical aims, the role assignments play in teaching both content and conventions, the critieria to be used in evaluation—provides the tutor with a more nuanced understanding of the writing task at hand than approaching an assignment “cold.” The more prepared the tutor, the better able he or she is to help a student develop a reasoned response to a writing prompt.

Faculty members wishing to request that a course-specific tutor be assigned to their course should call the Campus Writing Program (855-4928) or Writing Tutorial Services (855-6738).

Course specific tutors assume the following responsibilities:

Courses that have recently worked with course-specific tutors:

AAADS–A696 Interdisciplinary Research Methods
ANTH–A208 Topics in Anthropology of the Arts & Expressive Behavior
ANTH–A410 Capstone Seminar: Food and Famine
BUS–M311 Advertising and Promotion
CJUS–P430 Law and the Legal System
CMCL–C306 Writing Media Criticism
EDUC–J500 Instruction in Context of Curriculum
ENG–L381 Recent Writing
GEOG–G315 Environmental Conservation
GNDR–G225 Gender, Sexuality, and Pop Culture
HIST–J300 War and Peace
HUBI–B301 The Intricate Human
INTL–I100 Introduction to International Studies
MATH–M330 Exploring Mathematical Ideas
PHIL–P310 Introduction to Medieval Philosophy
REL–R210 Introduction to Hebrew Bible

Instructor Comments:

"In addition to the invaluable and highly personalized guidance, support and encouragement [the tutor] has provided my students, she has served as a constant reminder to me that Indiana University truly does attract some of the most gifted graduate students in the country—women and men whose exceptional promise as scholarly researchers is rivaled only by their sincere passion for teaching, and their incredible talent for doing so."
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"Over the past several years a number of students have told me that working with [the tutor] is ultimately what helped them learn to enjoy writing—to really love doing it—and to think of themselves as writers with something important to say rather than as students struggling to finish a paper before the deadline."

—Colin Johnson, Department of Gender Studies


"The C-S tutor is already familiar with the format expectations of the discipline. That's an obvious advantage. Not so obvious is that they know enough about substantive issues to gently steer students who haven't got a clue back to the faculty member who is responsible for the course."

—Steve Russell, Department of Criminal Justice


Writing Tutorial Services: Discipline- and Course-Specific Tutors

Campus Writing Program: Student Tutorials

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