Tutors Sharing Tutoring Practices

WLDC tutors share tutoring practices and materials here. The WLDC practices a culture of respectful collaboration and shared knowledge. We value curiosity and continuous learning. We encourage independent thinking and learning that comes from practice and that leads to authentic mastery of writing. WLDC tutors learn their craft by enrolling in English 40A and 40B, Tutoring Writing, two one-unit CSU-transferable courses.

Contributions on this page may come from faculty, Instructional Associates, professional or mentor tutors, or students of English 40B, Tutoring Writing. Stay tuned for more shared materials coming soon!

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Tutors share ideas for how Reading Apprenticeship can inform writing support.

Review the Reading Apprenticeship Overview for writing tutors to see how we support reading and writing in the writing center. The personal, social, cognitive, and knowledge-building dimensions of Reading Apprenticeship have everything to do with good writing as well as fluent reading. Moreover, activating schema is a necessary first step for both reading comprehension and writing about a text.

Google Maps Tutoring: Tutors share ideas for useful feedback

Google Maps Tutoring: Offering useful feedback explains how stepping back for a bird’s-eye view of a paper can give you more insight for better feedback. Switching to bird’s-eye view reveals structural issues that you’ll miss if you just dive line by line for errors. But you can’t see your destination if you don’t pull up from street view!

Socratic questioning as a tutoring practice

In Socratic Questioning: How a dead white man can inform our tutoring practices learn the difference between Socratic questions and other kinds of questions.  Open-ended questions can lead to deeper thinking and better writing. Socratic questions can help you lead students to thoughtful evaluations of the issues underlying the issues they’re writing about.

In Rhetorical Analysis find ideas for deeper analysis of of texts looking at logos, pathos, and ethos as well as author’s use of evidence, his assumptions, world view, and biases.

Self-editing and proofreading strategies

Self-editing & Proofreading is an essential adulting skill. Tutors can share ideas for helping students scan for their own personal error patterns and create the psychological distance they need to be objective about their writing.

In Summaries see how to use the 1/3 guide (it’s only a guide, and only sometimes!) to start to boil down a summary that includes all the main points, omits all the minor ones, and objectively represents the position of the original author.

You know you need a Parts of Speech Review–with exercises. Brush up and know what you’re talking about.

Verbs are what move English forward (ahem). Learn some basic weird verb information they probably never taught you in school. Can you name three verb lookalikes that are not actually verbs? No? The difference between a weak verb and a strong verb? Then click in…

Misplaced & Dangling Modifiers are the comic relief of careless writing. It matters where your modifiers go! If you don’t believe it, check out the examples in this workshop.