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Important PWT/FYM go links

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Important PWT/FYM go links



Center for Teaching, Learning & Research


Find pay information, forms, and training schedule


WordPress site with writing tips


Meet faculty writing tutors,  tips for writing, hours for drop-ins


WordPress site for writing tutors and mentors

go/ pwtguide            

LIS guide for tutors and mentors


LIS guide for research

Spring 2014 Organization Meeting Thursday, February 13, at 4:30 PM

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Our first Peer Writing Tutor and Writing and Academic Mentor training session takes place Thursday, February 13, at 4:30 PM in CTLR (Davis Family Library 225). All new and trained PWTs and FYSMs must attend this Organizational Meeting.   If you are new or were abroad last semester, we will take your picture for our wall, and you will receive your training folder.  If this is your first paid job at Middlebury College, make sure you have all the documents you need for employment.

  • You can find the whole spring training schedule below and at go/pwt.
  • New Tutors will attend all six sessions.
  • Trained PWTs and FYSMs will attend three sessions (Org, Session 2 or 3, and Session 4,5, or 6).

We have only a handful of First-year Seminars in the spring, so we have many Mentors without assignments. Mentors who would like to train and  work as Peer Writing Tutors in the spring, will attend The Org Meeting, Session 2, and Session 4. . Because we added several Commons drop-in sessions last semester, we now have 19 drop-in positions and 19 official alternate drop-in positions.  You can apply for these drop-in positions at the Organization Meeting Thursday, February 13.

I look forward to seeing you next month! In the meantime, feel free to e-mail me with questions.

If for any reason you will not be training or working in our program spring semester, please email me immediately, and I will remove you from our email list. If you are not graduating in May, you can work for us another semester.

Training Dates for PWTs and FYMs

Spring 2014 Training Dates for Peer Writing Tutors & Writing and Academic Mentors for First-Year Seminars

Org Session          Thursday, February 13, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 2             Wednesday, February19 CTLR, 4:30-6:30
(Bring a paper of your own to Session 3.)
Session 3              Thursday, February 27, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 4              Thursday, March 6 , CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 5              Thursday, March13, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 6              Thursday, March 20, CTLR, 4:30-6:30

Please bring your folder to every training session.


Paul W. Ward ’25 Memorial Prize

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This Friday at 4:30 pm
—Paul W. Ward ’25 Memorial Prize

The awards ceremony for the Paul W. Ward ’25 Prize in Writing for the Class of 2013 will be held in Alexander Twilight Hall. The prize competition recognizes annually those first-year students who are judged by faculty to have produced outstanding essays in writing classes during that academic year. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research at 802.443.3131 or by e-mail at

Alexander Twilight Hall, Room 101

All nominees are invited to train as Peer Writing Tutors and Writing and Academic Mentors.

PWT/FYM Session 5–Working with Multilingual Students and Problems Students Face

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When and Where?

Thursday, October 10, 4:30-6:30, CTLR, LIB 225

What are we doing?

  • “Working with Multilingual (ESL) Students” ~ Dr. Shawna Shapiro
  • Problems Students Face

Who needs to come?

  • All new PWTs and new FYMs (not previously trained as PWTs)
  • Trained PWTs and FYSMs who did not attend session 4, need to come to this session, or session 6, or a Research Workshop with Librarian Carrie Macfarlane on Monday, Oct 28th (time and location TBD)


Make-up sessions are only for those who have received prior approval.   E-mail Emily Colton for prior approval.


Important links:

Training: Session 2 Getting Started Thursday,September 18, 2013

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FYSM Training #2–Getting Started
All new Writing and Academic Mentors must attend.

All trained Peer Writing Tutors now working as Writing and Academic Mentors must attend.

Trained Writing and Academic Mentors must attend either this session or Session 3 on Wednesday, September 25th.

  1. Become expert at Time Management!  Bring a syllabus from all four of your classes.
  2. You will practice a 15 minute-version of the 30 min. tutor session
  3. Always bring your training folder to all training sessions.

Make-up sessions are only for those who have received prior approval.

Peer Writing Tutor Session #2 Getting Started

All new Peer Writing Tutors must attend this session.

Trained Peer Writing Tutors must attend either this session or Session 3 on Wednesday, September 25th.

Trained Mentors who have never been trained as Peer Writing Tutors must attend this session.


Peer Writing Tutor Session #2 Getting Started

  • Brainstorming answers to frequently asked tutor questions
  • 15 minute-version of the 30 min. tutor session

Always bring your training folder to all training sessions.

For New PWTs and FYMS

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If this is your first job on the Middlebury College campus, you will need to visit student employment with some documents:

Obtain a blue Student Employment Card from the Student Employment Office. (The Student Employment office is located on the second floor of the Service Building. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.) To do this, you must fill out your I-9 Employment Eligibility and W4 Tax Withholding forms. Typically, students present an original Passport (expired okay) OR a picture I.D. WITH a Birth Certificate OR Social Security Card. Please visit for more information on this process and for a more extensive list of documents that you can present.

Please bring the necessary documents to campus, and visit SEO before we have our Organization Meetings:

Wednesday, 9/11/13 for Mentors (CTLR, DFL 225,4:30-6:30 PM)

Thursday, 9/12/13 for Peer Writing Tutors (CTLR, DFL 225,4:30-6:30 PM)

PWT/ FYM News for Fall 2013

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I have sent out confirmations to all trained Peer Writing Tutors and Writing and Academic Mentors who have FYSE assignments. If you have not yet accepted your confirmation, please do so now.

Save the date!

Mandatory Organization Meeting for Writing and Academic Mentors: Wednesday, September 11, 4:30-6:30, CTLR
Mandatory Organization Meeting for Peer Writing Tutors: Thursday, September 12, 4:30-6:30, CTLR
You will receive an email notice of the meeting you must attend in early September.

Peer Writing Tutor/Writing and Academic Mentor 2013-201314 leadership team:

Head Tutor: Emily Colton
Head Mentor: Anna Flinchbaugh
Head Drop-in: Emily Auran