A tutor’s primary objective is to help a student become a better writer by the end of the semester, not to produce a perfect paper by the end of the tutoring session.
When revising work, focus on content such as ideas, phrasing, and organization.
When reviewing work focus on mechanical issues such as grammar, spelling, and formatting.
As a tutor for CU Athletics, you should comply with the following:
- DO NOT alter the student’s voice. This is a violation of NCAA rules.
- DO NOT accept an emailed copy of the student’s work. The student should provide you with a hard copy of their paper or assignment. Tutors may not respond with corrections via email. If a student-athlete sends their work via email, please forward it immediately to the Tutoring Director then delete it from your device.
- NEVER write on a student’s paper. The student should be the only person making corrections on his/her own draft copy.
- DO NOT accept a paper dropped off for review. Revision and review only takes place in an active tutoring session between the tutor and the student. The student must be physically present and actively engaged.
- ENGAGE the student when proofreading. Students MUST be present during the proofing of their paper. If necessary, have the student read the paper aloud or read it to the student.
- NEVER rewrite sentences for the students. Never edit, alter, refine or correct. Help the student see where writing may be improved.
- NEVER sit at the keyboard. Only the student should work on the computer. The student must type/write their own paper without a tutor present. There should be NO composition taking place during tutoring sessions.
- TEACH the student. Improve the writer, not the individual writing.