Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College
http://bristolcc.edu/

What to expect at a tutoring session

  • In order to better serve you, sessions will be limited to 45 minutes. 
  • Once you enter the Center, a tutor will sit down to work with you, one-on-one.
  • Your tutor will ask if you have your professor’s instructions and inquire as to what you think the professor is expecting.
  • Because we feel that sessions need to be interactive and that you, as the writer, need to be involved from the start, tutors will ask lots of questions and will do a good deal of listening.
  • From the start, tutors will ask what YOU want out of the session and will do their best to accommodate you.
  • If you are comfortable doing so, tutors are likely to ask you to read your writing aloud before discussing it: we’d like to encourage you to re-read your writing in order to spot errors; reading your work aloud is likely to highlight some of those errors.
  • Tutors will initially focus on "big picture" concerns: making certain, for example, that you've answered your teacher's question, or that you've organized your writing effectively.
  • Grammar and mechanics matter, too: tutors will assist in identifying any errors in your writing, but keep in mind that the tutor will not edit your paper for you but will instead guide you in your editing.
What to Bring to the Session
  • A copy of your professor’s instructions
  • Any writing that you've done so far
  • Any comments from your professor about the paper
  • A willingness to spend time to improve your work