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Tips for Peer Writing Tutors Research Guide


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Change in Topics for Session 4 and 5

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5– Problems/ Grammar INTL


Thursday October 11 CTLR 4:30-6:30
6– INTL /Getting Help/Grammar


Thursday October 18 CTLR 4:30-6:30


Due to some scheduling conflicts,  Session 5  for Mentors and Peer Writing Tutors will now cover Grammar issues as well as the previously scheduled Problems Students Face training.

Session 6 will now cover Working with International Students  as well as the previously scheduled Getting Help.


This change has no impact on new tutors who must attend both sessions, but I want to call it to the attention of those previously trained Peer Writing Tutors and Mentors who can choose between attending sessions 3, 4, or 5.

What about grammar?

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What about grammar? The 3x PIC Rule: Point-Identify-Correct

Although we do not copy edit papers, we do not ignore grammatical, mechanical, and style problems in students’ papers. Instead, we draw a student’s attention to the error: POINT, ask if the student can recognize and IDENTIFY the error, and finally, ask if the student can CORRECT the error.

When you see a problem, ask if the student can identify the problem. If yes, ask the student to explain the problem, and then ask if the student can correct the problem. If the student cannot identify the problem, you should do that. If the student cannot correct the problem, you should help the student correct the problem.

Repeat this process three times. Each time, encourage the student to point out, identify, and then correct the error or problem.  After that, encourage the student to complete corrections of the error during the revision process.    If a student still has difficulty identifying and correcting the error, refer the student to one of the faculty writing tutors.

Remember the 3x PIC rule: Point—Identify—Correct—x3

Session 3 Macro to Micro

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Thursday, March 01, 2012 4:30 PM-6:30 PM.

What is the topic?

* Macro to Micro
* Using a Thesis Statement
* Hands-on practice session with one of your papers


What should I bring?

* One of your papers
* Your folder

Who must attend?

  • All new Peer Writing Tutors must attend.
  • Trained Peer Writing Tutors and Trained Mentors who did not attend Session 2 must attend.

Make-up sessions are only for those who have received prior approval. Bring your folder to every session


E-mail Izzy Nuttall (enuttall@middlebury.edu) for prior approval.


Bookmark these sites:
Peer Writing Tutor Site
Writing College Papers
PWT/FYSM Facebook Group

See you Thursday!

Mary Ellen Bertolini
Associate Director, Writing

F11 FYSM Survey

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FYSM Survey

Training Session #6: Grammar Review, People Who Can Help

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When: Thursday, October 20, 2011 4:30 PM-6:30 PM.
Where: CTLR Davis Damily Library 225
Topics: Grammar Review, People Who Can Help

Who Must Attend?

* All new PWTs must attend.
* All new FYSMs not previously trained as PWTs must attend.
* Trained PWTs and trained FYSMs who have not attended session 4 or 5 must attend.

However, all PWTs and FYSMs must fill out the Future Plans Form—either at the meeting or electronically.

FYSMs and PWTs in classes: Please fill out the class survey when you receive it.