What’s WTS?

Hours, locations, appointments
Who should use WTS
What to bring to a tutorial
Discipline-specific and course-specific tutoring
Other information

Hours, Locations, Appointments

WTS is located in the Learning Commons on the first floor of the Wells Library. Our hours during the regular academic year are 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 10am to 5pm on Friday. During Summer Sessions, WTS is open from noon to 5pm. Walk-in hours at the Academic Support Centers (described below) are not offered during the summer months.

To arrange a free tutorial, either face-to-face or on-line, you should call ahead (812-855-6738) or stop by WTS—preferably several days in advance—and make an appointment. We usually set aside 50 minutes for each tutorial session, although your session might not last that long. We will see students in the Learning Commons without an appointment if a tutor is available, but there’s no guarantee.

During the regular academic year, you can also consult with a WTS tutor in the evenings at the Academic Support Centers (ASCs) located in the center buildings of Briscoe, Forest, and Teter. WTS at the ASCs is open from 7pm to 11pm, Sunday through Thursday. Briscoe Residence Hall is located at the corner of Fee Lane and 17th Street. Forest is on East Third Street east of the Jacobs School of Music, and Teter is located on Sunrise, just east of Wright Quadrangle.

At the ASCs, you can sign up for either 25-minute or 50-minute tutorials. Often, it’s helpful to come with a clear idea of what issues you’d like the tutor to address. There is a sign-up sheet for walk-in sessions (it usually goes up at about 6:00pm), so you’ll want to arrive early.

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Who Should Use WTS

Writing, one of the most challenging—but also one of the most rewarding—parts of the college experience, can be made easier by visiting WTS. Students will find tutors familiar with the demands of English W131 and L141–142, as well as with the other courses which meet the writing requirement. But WTS is also intended for anyone working on a paper for any class offered on the Bloomington campus—not just composition courses, and not just students who are having difficulty with their writing. The people at WTS know that revision is a fundamental part of writing a clear, well-organized essay. They are there to provide feedback to any student who wants to improve his or her thinking on paper.

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What to Bring to a Tutorial

We work with students at any stage of the writing process (brainstorming, outlining, revising, etc.) so you should bring your assignment, any notes or drafts you might have made, and anything else that you think might be useful.

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Discipline-Specific and Course-Specific Tutoring

In addition to help with required composition courses, WTS provides “discipline-specific” tutoring. WTS tutors come from a variety of academic disciplines, and a student seeking tutoring is assigned to the tutor whose interests and background provide the best match with the demands of the course and the student’s needs. For example, if you’re working on a paper for a history class, we’ll try to arrange a tutorial with a graduate student in history, someone who might have actually taught or graded for history classes at IUB before.

WTS also offers faculty and students “course-specific” tutoring. A faculty member can call WTS (812-855-6738) or the CITL Writing Program (812-855-4928) and request that a tutor be assigned to a course. A graduate student tutor with enviable writing and teaching skills will then be assigned to work with students from that course. The tutor will meet with the instructor to discuss the syllabus and writing requirements, and whenever a student from the class calls to make an appointment, every effort will be made to schedule the student with the assigned tutor. Because that will not always be possible, however, WTS tutors are organized into working groups dealing with similar or allied disciplines (humanities, social sciences, physical or biological sciences, and Business and SPEA); members of the working group meet regularly to share their knowledge about the courses to which they’re assigned. This way, whenever it’s possible students will be working with someone familiar with their specific class.

For more information on course-specific tutoring, follow this link.

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Other Information

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