The Writing Center empowers Bates students in becoming more effective writers, communicators, thinkers, and learners by providing a supported environment for students to generate ideas, collaborate, draft, write, revise, edit, and present. The center supports students in using writing and language to achieve their personal goals.
What are Writing Tutors?
Writing Tutors are peer tutors who specialize in assisting students with any and all writing assignments. They are trained and willing to help you with papers, essays, speeches, presentations, and group projects in any discipline. You can seek help from a writing tutor at any time during your writing process, from brainstorming to reading through drafts, incorporating instructor feedback and polishing it all up. The writing tutors’ goals are to support your growth as a writer and your improvement on skills like organization, thesis statement construction, incorporation of outside sources, argumentation, and more. Drop by and see a writing tutor anytime that ARC is open, and let them know what you would like to work on. They provide an empathetic and non-judgmental , collaborative environment that is centered around your questions and goals.
Many of our writing tutors have been certified as Writing Fellows through the short term course, The Theory and Practice of Writing and Tutoring. This means that they have completed intensive training on the pedagogy of tutoring writers.
When can I find writing support in ARC?
English Language Learner Support
What does ARC have for English Language Learner Support?
We seek to foster and promote the use of diverse languages at Bates while also providing support in English to improve academic writing and speaking skills. ARC staff members are trained in the foundational approaches to support ELL students and multilingual speakers. If possible, we can arrange an appointment with a writing tutor who is also fluent in your first language. Resource Representatives (at the front desk) can accommodate your preferences in language support.
Peer Writing and Speaking Assistants
What is a Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant?
Peer Writing and Speaking Assistants (PWSAs) are writing tutors assigned to a specific course. We have PWSAs attached to each First Year Seminar and many W2s. This position provides class-oriented support, including but not limited to written and oral assessments. PWSAs are in this position because they demonstrated expertise in the subject, built a strong relationship with the professor, or have previously taken the course. PWSAs will introduce themselves at the beginning of the semester, but you can also ask your course instructor or come into ARC to find their contact information. If you are enrolled in a course with a PWSA attached to it, schedule a meeting with them. They possess the tools and background to assist you with the particulars of your assignments and content. Think of PWSAs as a subspecies of general writing tutors–their sole responsibility is your course. PWSAs are designed to help you, in your class, when you need it.