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FYSM training–Session 4 Wednesday, October 5 · 4:30pm – 6:30pm CTLR

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Who comes to this session?

* All new FYSMs must come to this session.
* Trained PWTS who are working as FYSMS for this first time.
* Trained FYSMs may come to this session, or session 5, or session 6.

After this session, you will be a better public speaker and you will be able to help your first-year seminar students give better presentations.

Make-up sessions are only for those who have received prior approval. E-mail Izzy Nuttall (enuttall@middlebury.edu) for prior approval.

Session #2 Getting Started for FYSMs

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Wednesday, September 21, 4:30-6:30 PM, CTLR, Library 225

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 Thursday, September 29th.

  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.


Important links:


PWT-FYSM leadership team for 2011-2012

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I am pleased to announce the PWT-FYSM leadership team for 2011-2012:
Izzy Nuttall–Head Peer Writing Tutor
Claire Bovet–Head Drop-in Tutor
Ava Kerr–Head FYSM

Organization Meeting Spring 2011

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If you are working or training as a Peer Writing Tutor or a First-Year Seminar Mentor this semester, you must attend this meeting.

All: Fill out our information form. Get information about pay and training schedule


* Collect your training folder.
* Learn how to get paid
* Have your picture taken.
* Begin training.

Experienced tutors

* Apply for drop-in assignments.
* Share tutoring tips.

If you have a serious and unavoidable conflict, contact Mary Ellen Bertolini immediately.

Where: CTLR, Lib 225

When:  Thursday, February 10 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Drop-in Peer Writing Tutors

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Peer Writing Tutors are available for drop-in meetings, Sunday-Thursday 7:30-midnight (except during school vacations) in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (Davis Family Library 225). Sunday and Thursday evenings, Peer Writing Tutors are available also in Ross and Brainerd Commons.  Peer writing tutors can, also, help with oral presentation skills. No appointment is necessary.

Documents Useful for Drop-in Tutors:

Drop-in Tutor Regulations (S11)

Best Practices of Drop-in Tutors (S11)

Writing in the Disciplines (10-11)

Quick Reference Sheet for Drop-in PWTs (S11)

Spring 2011 Training Dates for Peer Writing Tutors

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Org Session Thursday, February 10, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 2 Wednesday, February 16, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 3 Thursday, February 24, CTLR, 4:30-6:30 (Bring a paper)
Session 4 Thursday, March 3, CTLR, 4:30-5:30
Session 5 Thursday, March 10, CTLR, 4:30-6:30
Session 6 Wednesday,March 17, CTLR, 4:30-6:30

Please bring your folder to every training session. You will be paid for training on completion of all of your mandatory sessions.

Supervising Peer Writing Tutors and First-Year Seminar Mentors

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At the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research, over the course of the semester, we check in with our  PWTs and FYSMs to see how they are doing, to offer advice, to help them with problems that arise. Over the first half of the semester while regular training sessions are scheduled, we see PWTs and FYSMs weekly, but we are available all through the semester to offer advice and encouragement and to deal with problems as they arise. Throughout the semester, we check in with our PWTS and FYSMs in multiple ways:

Drop-in Peer Writing Tutors, fill out a daily Tuttee Log Sheet to let us know how many students they have seen each night, to report difficulties, to ask for advice: Drop-in Tutee Log Sheet.

When we complete training each semester, we ask all our PWTs and FYSMs to evaluate our training program:  FYSM Evaluation of the training progam Peer Writing Tutor Evaluation of the training program.

When the semester is slightly more than half over, we ask PWTs in classes  and FYSMs to complete a survey about their work in classes:   Mid-Semester Survey for FYSMs in Classes Survey for PWTs in Classes. We ask their faculty members to complete a survey about their use of PWTS and FYSMS at this time, also: Faculty Survey of FYSMs in Classes.

At then end of the semester, we ask all students who has a FYSM or PWT attached to a class to complete a written evaluation: Student Evaluations of PWTs and FYSMs in Classes. This is also another opportunity for faculty to let us know how things are going, too: Letter to FYS Faculty about FYSMs in classes, Letter to CW Faculty about PWTs in Classes.

Finally, this year we have asked all PWTs and FYSMs, to complete a Self-Evaluation. This new self-evaluation form was designed by CTLR tutors and mentors this fall:  Self-Evaluation Form for PWTs and FYSMs.

Each year, we review these documents to improve our programs.