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Fall 2020 Tutoring Offerings
For fall 2020, starting Monday, September 21, the Cornell Writing Centers (CWC) will be offering online, synchronous tutoring sessions by appointment or drop-in. Writers will need to register for accounts and make appointments.
The CWC provides support for individuals at any stage of the writing process. It is a free resource available to all of Cornell—undergraduate students, pre-freshman and high schoolers in summer programs, graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni—for nearly any kind of writing project: applications, presentations, lab reports, essays, papers, and more. Tutors (trained undergraduate students) serve as responsive listeners and readers who can address questions about the writing process or about particular pieces of writing. They will ask questions that foster critical thinking about your writing, and they will also consider questions of confidence, reading, analytic thought, imagination, and research. All tutors have training in supporting multilingual writers and working with writers remotely online.
While the CWC is supporting writers in many of the same ways we always have in-person, during spring 2020 our tutors noticed that online tutoring also offers a unique opportunity for connection, encouragement, and support in a time of isolation and more autonomous work expectations. Read their reflections!
How Online Tutoring Works
Online tutoring is by appointment only, so to get started, writers need to register for an account and make an appointment.
Our online appointments offer the option for video-conferencing or text-box chatting, and in order to “show up” for an appointment, you simply need to login to the schedule, click on your appointment, and then click the yellow link that says “START OR JOIN CONVERSATION.” Our tutors will be prepared to help you navigate technology issues—they will email you to check-in and offer help should you have any trouble “showing up.”
Though we work hard to ensure smooth online appointments, due to the regularity of technical and other unforeseen issues, we ask all writers to make hour-long appointments. If technology/internet issues do arise or you're struggling to "show up," don't worry--our tutors are trained to reach out and help and they all have a back-up plan!
In order to get the best tutoring experience possible, we encourage writers to:
- Select 4-6 pages to focus on in one session
- Come with specific questions you have about your writing
- Bring the assignment prompt, if you have one
- Be prepared to engage in discussion and do some collaborative work
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Feedback & Questions
Have you visited the Cornell Writing Centers recently? Would you like to offer us your feedback? Click here: WC Feedback
- For answers to questions about the WC or if you need special assistance, contact Kate Navickas, WC Director.
- See our Editing Policy for our approach to supporting writers with sentence-level issues.