Opportunities for Purdue Undergraduate Students
If you're an undergraduate student at Purdue's West Lafayette campus, please consider working as a Writing Lab tutor. The following FAQs provide information about tutoring and its benefits. For more information, please contact Tammy Conard-Salvo, Associate Writing Lab Director.
FAQs: Undergraduate Tutoring Positions
What is the Writing Lab and what does a Writing Lab tutor do?
The Writing Lab offers one-to-one consultations to any writer at Purdue on any project, in any stage of the writing process. The Writing Lab also offers ESL conversation groups, workshops, computers for general use, faculty support, and online support materials through the Online Writing Lab (OWL). You can read the Writing Lab's mission statement at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/writinglab/mission.
Tutors generally work one-to-one with writers, but tutors can also lead workshops and ESL conversation groups, facilitate writing groups, and engage in special projects. Tutors are paid for this work.
What are some of the benefits of tutoring?
Undergraduate students from all majors will develop leadership skills and continue their professional growth while working in the Writing Lab. In fact, tutors find that employers are very interested in their Writing Lab experiences, regardless of what field the job or internship is located because writing and communication are valued in every industry. In addition, tutors can:
- Meet new people from across campus.
- Further develop written and oral communication skills.
- Build leadership skills through tutoring, as well as special leadership roles.
- Participate in a supportive community of peers who share an interest in writing and language.
- Support diversity.
- Receive mentoring and learn mentoring strategies.
What is tutoring like?
Most tutoring occurs in one-to-one sessions, the goal of which is to help students become better writers. Tutors do not proofread, although they may address grammar and mechanics. Sessions typically focus on larger, rhetorical issues related to writing, and tutors help writers figure out how to say what they want to say. Undergraduate tutors help writers work on all kinds of documents, including assignments from first year composition, upper division papers from across the disciplines, resumes and job letters, and technical writing. Tutors work with graduate and undergraduate students, novice and expert writers, and writers from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Do I have to be an English major to work as a tutor?
No! In fact, we welcome all majors to consider this opportunity because tutors develop important leadership and communication skills that are important to any industry. Writing Lab tutors have come from a variety of colleges and majors on campus, including liberal arts, engineering, technology, pharmacy, and pre-med.
How much do tutors work and how are tutoring hours scheduled?
New tutors generally work three hours per week in the first semester. After the first semester, tutors can work anywhere from three to seven hours per week. Tutors work the same schedule each week during a semester, and hours are set based on tutors' availability.
I've made my decision, and I'd like to be a tutor. What do I do next?
Anyone interested in an undergraduate tutoring position should apply to take one of our tutor training courses.