Cornell Writing Centers
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Current Tutoring Offerings
Health Careers Applications Tutoring, Tuesday, May 12 - Friday, July 31, 2020
Cornell Writing Center Tutoring, Monday, June 22 - Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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.
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
Summer Writing Center Details
For the six-week summer session, Monday June 22 through August 4, 2020, the Cornell Writing Center will be offering online, synchronous tutoring sessions by appointment. Trained graduate student tutors will be available Sundays—Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm ET and 7:00-10:00pm ET. Writers will need to register for accounts and make appointments.
The Cornell Summer Writing Center (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 graduate 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 Writing Center can support writers in many of the same ways we always have, this semester our tutors have 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!
What We Do
The Cornell Writing Centers offer the support of trained graduate and undergraduate tutors five days a week, Sunday through Thursday, to discuss specific pieces of writing or questions about writing. At the Cornell Writing Centers (CWC), writers will be greeted by engaged and engaging peers who listen patiently, read thoughtfully, and offer considerate, supportive, and challenging feedback.
Cornell undergraduate and graduate students can visit any one of our five campus locations from time to time or on a regular basis when they want one-on-one support to refine and develop strategies for drafting effective academic essays. Writers of all levels of experience and ability can benefit from such individualized attention.
During a WC session, writing tutors may help writers to:
- get started with writing projects by reading and discussing a writing assignment, evaluating research material, brainstorming an outline.
- explore ways to shape coherent arguments, make strong use of evidence, work with appropriate citation conventions.
- consider questions about depth of analysis, organization, thesis statements, audience expectations, paragraph development, style, sentence structure.
- identify patterns of errors in grammar or usage in order to develop effective strategies for line-editing.
Although writing tutors are happy to address large issues of focus and organization, they can only work with small portions of text (no more than 5 pages) during a typical session.
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