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February 27, 2015

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Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is Seeking a Bilingual/Multilingual Student Tutor for 2014-2015

Jul 23/14


What is a writing tutor?

Students who are hired to work as bilingual/multilingual (Spanish/French/English) tutors in the Laurier Writing Centre provide individual writing support for their peers. Tutors work one-on-one with fellow students to help them learn the fundamentals of academic writing in a supportive, student-centred environment. Students come to the Writing Centre to share their drafts and get constructive feedback from experienced, successful student writers. The key to tutoring academic writing is to help students become better writers, not to write or edit the paper for them.

Who is eligible?

Students are hired at the end of their third or fourth year (graduate students will also be considered) and should apply if they excel academically, are strong writers with a keen interest in language, and have a desire to assist others in becoming successful academic writers.

A writing tutor:

  • Is friendly, outgoing, and a good communicator
  • Is genuinely interested in academic work and in helping others learn
  • Respects the values in academic work carried out by professors and students
  • Is a discerning reader with superior critical thinking skills, capable of unbiased evaluation
  • Has a high GPA (10-11) and a very good attendance record
  • Writes A-level papers that show real understanding of the nature of research
  • Is responsible, punctual, hard working, and well organized
  • Is fluent in either:
    • Spanish, French, and English
    • Spanish and English
    • French and English

What are the hours and the rate of pay?

New tutors are paid $17 per hour. In their first term at the Writing Centre tutors are not asked to work more than six hours per week, but once they get used to tutoring academic writing, they may work up to 10 hours per week. These hours will be distributed both during the day for 50-minute appointments and during drop-in hours which run four evenings a week and on Sunday afternoons.

Are there any special requirements?

All new tutors must attend four days of initial training in the last week before Orientation Week and be available for ongoing training sessions on Friday afternoons during the fall and winter terms. All training is paid.

What are the benefits of being a writing tutor?

Although the qualifications for this position are high, the rewards are many. As writing tutors, students gain valuable experience and skills that benefit them in their academic careers and beyond. They start out as strong academic writers because that is a requirement for getting the job, but the experience of working in the Writing Centre makes them even better. Student tutors enhance their awareness of all aspects of academic writing, improve their awareness of language, and learn to appreciate the difficulties many students have in adjusting to the demands of academic writing. Because many student tutors end up going to graduate school, these experiences become a huge advantage for them in their future careers as students and also in their professional lives. Strong written and spoken communication skills are a big selling point in any application and an asset anywhere in the working world.

How do students apply?

Students interested in applying to the Writing Centre for a tutoring job should submit the following application package by August 13th :

  • A cover letter addressed to Dr. Mara Eugenia de Luna, Assistant Professor, Department of Languages & Literatures and Boba Samuels, Manager, Writing Centre
  • A rsum
  • An official transcript
  • Two graded sample papers with both the professors comments and the mark
  • A recommendation from a professor who knows the applicant well. The recommendation can be made in person or in writing.

Submit the complete application at the Writing Centre (DAWB 1-102).

Thank you,

Dr. Mara Eugenia de Luna

Assistant Professor

Department of Languages and Literatures


Boba Samuels

Manager, Writing Centre
ext. 3869,
DAWB 1-102

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