Becoming a Tutor

Tutoring at the Writing Center

The Writing Center is staffed by 25-30 undergraduate and graduate tutors. Our tutors come from all academic disciplines, and we are always looking to recruit new tutors who take an interest in helping other writers.

Tutors must take a 3-credit training course called Writing Center Practicum. The practicum is open to undergraduate students with a faculty recommendation and a GPA of 3.3. All students minoring in the Secondary English Education program must also enroll in the practicum.

Graduate students are also invited to enroll. Interested graduate students should contact the Center’s Director, Tristan Abbott, at tabbott@salemstate.edu.

Writing Center Practicum

In the Practicum (ENG 502; ENG870 for graduate students), you'll study theories and practical methods that facilitate effective one-to-one tutoring in a Writing Center setting. You'll attend a weekly class consisting primarily of discussions and small group activities designed to increase your knowledge of current composition and rhetorical theory, support your work in the center, and help you gain insights about your own writing processes. In addition, you'll keep a journal of class tutorial work, write two papers, read and respond to selections about tutoring and writing, and tutor in the Writing Center three hours each week. Students who have taken the Practicum have consistently noted that the course helped them improve their own writing!

Additionally, tutors and practicum students are provided with many opportunities for professional development. Students and tutors can work to expand the reach and profile of the Salem State Writing Center by developing outreach and engagement projects. They may also participate in campus and community-wide projects already being undertaken within the center.

Benefits of Tutor Training & Working in the Writing Center

The Practicum can help you:

  • Improve your writing
  • Develop critical analysis skills
  • Gain the satisfaction of helping your own student community
  • Acquire experience that may make you more attractive to future employers

"Tutoring has given me an opportunity to become more connected with the college community. Talking with student writers from all disciplines has taught me about the diversity of approaches to writing and enhanced my own writing process."  -Tutor, graduate student