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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Survey on the Initial Preparation/Training for Undergraduate Writing Consultants

Hello!

We are two undergraduate writing consultants and a writing center director at Carleton, a liberal-arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, and we are reaching out to ask for your help.  We’re conducting a brief survey of undergraduate writing consultants and tutors on their initial preparation/training for the job.

Our goal is to learn which readings, topics, and activities undergraduate consultants--specifically, those who have at least a term, quarter, trimester, or semester of experience under their belts--have found most useful and illuminating as they have prepared for and conducted meeting with writers.

We will present the survey results at the 2017 International Writing Centers Association conference in Chicago this November. The findings will likely be of interest to both current writing consultants and those who train and supervise them. The survey link is: http://baseline.campuslabs.com/cc/2017teifl

We hope to answer the following questions: Are undergraduate consultants learning what their supervisors believe they’re learning? What can we discern about how tutors understand their work from this information? We appreciate your input and look forward to analyzing the responses we receive.

The survey takes 10 minutes or less to complete, and we would be grateful if you, your co-workers, and/or your consultants--any undergraduate writing consultant with at least one term, trimester, semester, or quarter of experience--would complete it before October 16. Including one's name and email address is optional; we will not include that information in the presentation or any subsequent dissemination. We will, however, share our findings with anyone who provides an email address.

Thank you very much for your assistance!

Sincerely,

Brynne Diggins ‘19, Kathy Evertz, and Avery Naughton ‘18
Carleton College Writing Center
Gould Library 420C

One North College St. / Northfield, MN  55057

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