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Become a Writing Tutor

"Tutoring here is really a microcosm of the liberal arts experience! As an econ major, I've tutored assignments on Dante, Bollywood Dance, and Igneous Petrology. Tutors learn a lot and are able to strengthen communication skills across disciplines,"

Katie Osborn, '16

"One of the greatest things about working at the Writing Center is that it forces you to confront your own perceptions of 'good writing.' Through helping others cultivate uniquely powerful voices, you become more open and engaged in the rest of your life,"

Corey Baron, '17 

We look for students who can:

  • Communicate well and listen actively
  • Analyze texts
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with writing across the curriculum
  • Explain basic rules of standard written English

We accept applications during Block 2 of each academic year. During Block 3, we conduct interviews. After this, successful interviewees' membership on staff is contingent on completing both a Half-block course and a spring semester adjunct, described below.

Click here for the Writing Center Application Form

Peer Tutoring in Writing Courses:

GS300: Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring

This course has two purposes: (1) to delve into the complex processes involved in writing and talking about writing; and (2) to prepare students to work as writing consultants in the Colorado College Writing Center. Key course themes include the theory and practice of writing, the theory and practice of tutoring, critical thinking, self-awareness, and team-building. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and apply theories to specific tutoring situations, role play, solve problems in groups, and practice tutoring. Interested students must apply during second block for participation in the class. The course is held annually during half block. ½ unit; Pass/Fail only; COI required; Instructor: Tracy Santa.

GS395: Peer Tutoring Practicum
Building on GS 300: Theory and Practice of Peer Tutoring, the practicum serves as a structured apprenticeship through which tutors can apply their theoretical knowledge to practical situations. The course includes collaboration with experienced tutors, practice tutoring, and review of videotaped practice sessions. The course also requires a reflective journal and a critical essay examining ways in which writing center theory bears on practice. This course is mandatory for students who wish to become Writing Center consultants. ½ unit; Pass/Fail only; GS 300 or COI; Instructor: Tracy Santa.

Contact Tracy Santa at 719-389-6809 or at tracy.santa@coloradocollege.edu for more information.