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

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.


Becoming a Peer Writing Tutor or FYS Mentor

Students are invited to become Peer Writing Tutors or FYS Mentors if they have been nominated for the Ward Prize (for writing the best First-Year paper) or if they have been specifically requested by a faculty member to work with a first-year seminar or a college writing course.

New Peer Writing Tutors and FYS Mentors are paid ($8.70 an hour), and the Writing Program and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research provide them with all the training they need. All new tutors attend an organizational meeting and five training sessions. All experienced tutors attend an organizational meeting and two additional training sessions. Information about FYS Mentor training will be published here this summer.

Peer Writing Tutors

provide drop-in tutoring in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research (room 225) in the Davis Family Library and assist in college writing courses.

As a tutor, you may select the areas (depending on availability) in which you would most like to work: classroom, drop-in library tutoring.

First-Year Seminar Mentors For Academics and Writing

assist in first-year seminars.

The First-Year Seminar Mentor for Academics and Writing serves as a mentor and writing tutor for first-year students, assisting them with writing and oral presentation skills, time and project management, and pre-advising during Banner registration. The Mentor can work with students individually or in groups, either during class time or outside of class, for up to 60 hours over the course of the semester.  The Mentors will be trained, supervised, and paid by CTLR.

Useful links

  • Peer Writing Tutor Guidelines
  • Working in a Class
  • Writing Guides
  • Working as a CTLR Drop-in Tutor
  • Getting Paid
  • Click here if you have questions.

    Welcome & Where’s Mrs. B.?

    Welcome to all the new and returning PWTs!  I hope you notice that we have some PWT info on our new college website. You can think about what other info you would like on this site, and we can make additions to it at any time.  Next year’s Head Peer Writing Tutors, Emma Drucker and Josh Aichenbaum, are abroad this semester, but are excited to be heading up the program next fall.

    While you are having a great semester, I’ll be on leave working on a Jane Austen project. You are left in the excellent, experienced hands of Catharine Wright, a member of the Writing Program and CTLR faculty.  Catharine will be training and supervising the PWTs this semester as well as taking on the responsibilities of the Associate Director of Writing. Catharine has a long history of working with Peer Writing Tutors in her classes, and she was one of the leaders of the Tutoring Creative Writing Workshops last spring. You will have a great time working with Catharine this spring, and I look forward to seeing you next fall.

    Mary Ellen Bertolini