Preparing for a Session

Before visiting the RSC Writing Studio, it would be a good idea to read the following handout, so that you can make the most out of your tutorial session.

***Please come to the Writing Studio with a printed copy of your paper.

How to Tailor Your Tutorial to Fit Your Needs*

Set your own goals for the tutorial.
Think about what kind of help you really want from a tutor. Do you, for example, want to develop ideas that are already organized, or do you have boatloads of ideas but no boats to arrange them in? If you set a rough agenda of items to cover in the tutorial, you can be sure to get the most out of your time together.

Bring both your assignment and any work you've done so far.
If possible, bring along your instructor's assignment sheet, a description of the assignment from your textbook, or your class notes. Even if you don't have a draft yet, bring in your questions.

Think carefully about the assignment.
Does your draft satisfy the assignment? You might list some characteristics your paper should have in order to meet the goals of the assignment.

Mark sections of your draft that you're unsure of and would like to concentrate on.
Write down your questions. They can be very helpful. If you can pinpoint specific sections or sentences in your draft, you won't have to wait for the tutor to find them. You'll be a happier camper in a lot less time.

Try outlining what you've written so far.
Outlining is a good way of rethinking the overall organization of your paper.

Think about comments and suggestions that have been made on other papers that you've written.
You can significantly cut down your writing and revising workload and can use your tutorial time more efficiently by getting a handle on your instructor's comments.

*This handout was borrowed from the Purdue University On-Line Writing Lab. Copyright(c) 1995 by Purdue University.