For the fourth year, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research presents Thesis Nights, three Tuesdays in April with Peer Writing and ACE help and great snacks for seniors writing theses. This year, Beth Connolly is running thesis nights. For the first time, we will have an ACE on duty to help with time management. Thanks to all PWTs, ACEs and CTLR staff for participating!
Below find a timeline for Tuesday night, April 15, guidelines for senior tutors working with thesis students and instructions for new tutors working this event. If this is your first time doing a library shift, please discuss Library Tutor Guidelines with Julz .

PWTS and ACEs, make sure to have a sign indicating that you are on duty. Use the short white sheets for first-time users of CTLR services. PWTs fill out the pink sheets, too!
CTLR staff (Yunfei Ren & Neil Danner), please help Beth with set-up, clean-up, and by getting more drinks or snacks if needed.
If space is at a premium, PWTs and ACEs can use the small table in the conference room and the one under the CTLR staff desk to set up a PWT or ACE station.
Enjoy yourselves, and have some snacks , too!

Regular Tutoring: 7:30-8:30

One senior tutor for all papers: Erin McCormick
Thesis Night Begins: 8:30-9:30

2 senior tutors for theses: Erin McCormick & Stephanie Ellis
One new tutor for other papers: Ellie Moore
One ACE on duty: Lisa Gretebeck

Overlap time: 9:30-10:00

3 senior tutors for theses :Erin McCormick & Stephanie Ellis & Michael Fletcher
One new tutor for other papers: Ellie Moore
One ACE on duty: Lisa Gretebeck

Thesis Night Continues: 10:00-11:30

2 senior tutors for theses:Stephanie Ellis & Michael Fletcher
One new tutor for other papers: Jessica Kissinger (till midnight)
One ACE on duty: Lisa Gretebeck
Regular Tutoring:11:30-12:00

One senior tutor for all papers: Michael Fletcher
One new tutor: Jessica Kissinger (tutoring or helping with clean up)

Mary Ellen Bertolini

Senior PWTS, please read and adhere to the following tips for thesis nights:

Some Tips for Tutoring a Senior Thesis

Obviously, you will not be able to read and comment on an entire senior thesis in one setting, so here are some tips:

As always, attempt to put the tutee at ease with some friendly conversation. Writing a thesis is stressful.
Try to take your lead from the tutee and focus on his/her anxieties and problems with the thesis.
Find out the due date and how much time the tutee has to devote to the thesis.
Refer the tutee to the ACE to help with time management.
If the problem is structure, get the tutee to discuss the major argument of the paper and find our how that argument is broken down into sections.
Make sure the tutee understands the expectations of his/her discipline in writing a thesis. What is the role of research sources in the paper?
Try to get the tutee to choose a manageable chunk for the two of you to review and discuss.
The amount of time you will spend with the tutee will depend on how many people (if any) are waiting. Last year, the first Tuesday was pretty slow, but things were really hopping by the final Tuesday.
Leave your tutee with hope, encouragement, and good ideas to keep working. Writing a thesis is lonely work.
Make sure to stop and get some of the lovely snacks for yourself!


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