Writing Tutoring

General Information

Free writing assistance is available for all undergraduate and graduate students in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at Tufts. Graduate Writing Consultants work with undergraduate and graduate students to plan, draft and revise papers. Consultations are also available for longer writing projects such as senior theses and dissertations. Students may make an appointment with a Graduate Writing Consultant through the Online Tutor Finder, or visit drop-in hours in Tisch Library or elsewhere on campus. Before booking your first appointment, please read our FAQ and familarize yourself with our policies.

Writing Consultant Appointments are now available through the Online Tutor Finder. (NOTE: During the summer, Tutor Finder appointments are limited. Please contact us at arctutoring@ase.tufts.edu or 617-627-4345 if you have trouble locating a tutor during the summer.)

For Undergraduates:

  • Writing Tutoring for English 1, 2, 3, 4 and Philosophy 1:
    Our First-Year Writing Program Tutors are professionals dedicated to helping first-year students transition to college-level writing. Make an appointment with a First-Year Writing Tutor through the Online Tutor Finder.


  • Writing Consultations for Any Undergraduate Course
    Students can receive assistance from a Graduate Writing Consultant at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to revising. To set up an appointment, go to the Online Tutor Finder. But don't wait till the last minute, as our tutors are students, too!


  • Writing Consultants for Senior Thesis Writers
    Seniors writing a thesis can receive writing support and feedback from experienced Graduate Writing Consultants.  Email Jenny Howe at Jenny.Howe@tufts.edu to request a Senior Thesis Writing Consultant.
  • And be sure to visit our dedicated Senior Thesis Writer webpage!

  • Special Writing Projects: Application Essays for Graduate School and Fellowships
    Email Jenny Howe at Jenny.Howe@tufts.edu to request a Graduate Writing Consultant for special writing projects.

For Graduate Students:

  • Writing Support
    We support projects such as essays, term papers, fellowship applications, theses, doctoral dissertations, conference papers, proposals and abstracts. Writing tutoring is individualized, and may be arranged for regular weekly appointments or on an as-needed basis. Our Graduate Writing Consultants are seeking graduate degrees in English, Philosophy, Art History, Biology, Nutrition, Law & Diplomacy, Child Development, Museum Studies, and many other fields. Visit the Online Tutor Finder to request a Graduate Writing Consultant.


  • Graduate Writing Exchange (GWX)
    Are you a graduate student working on your dissertation or thesis, seminar or qualifying papers? Are you having trouble setting aside writing time? Do you need some motivation, support and a quiet place to work? The ARC's Graduate Writing Exchange (GWX) offers ongoing writing support for any graduate student from any discipline. We hold weekly, three hour meetings that give you the opportunity to talk with peers about struggles and successes, set personal goals, and, most importantly to WRITE. An ARC Writing Consultant will be available during these meetings for consultation.

    GWX Spring 2014 hours: We will meet through the semester on Thursdays, 9am to noon in the Dowling Resource Library (room 730). (Please check back at the beginning of each semester for updates on time and location.) No registration necessary! Invite your friends and colleagues! Come any weekóweíll be there for you! If you have any questions, please email Jackie O'Dell at  Jackie.O_Dell@tufts.edu.

  • Graduate Writing Retreats
    The ARC offers two retreats per year: a week-long retreat during Winter Break, and a two-week retreat during the summer. These programs allow advanced graduate students the time and space for uninterrupted writing on their dissertation or thesis. For more information, visit the Graduate Writing Retreat page
  • or email Kristina Aikens, Associate Director of Writing Resources, at kristina.aikens@tufts.edu.
  • Oral Communications
    Individualized tutoring is also available to help students prepare for class presentations, professional presentations, interview, and course lectures.
  • Visit the Online Tutor Finder and choose "Presentations and Public Speaking Skills" to make an appointment, or read more about the program here: http://uss.tufts.edu/arc/speaking/

  • English
    We help non-native speakers of English improve their diction, grammar, and prose style for greater clarity in writing. Please note: as with all of our services, we concentrate on helping students understand concepts; we are not proofreaders or editors.
Policies and Limitations
  • ARC services are open to any undergrad or grad student in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering only. Due to administrative and budgetary restrictions, we regret that the Medford campus ARC is unable to offer services to graduate students enrolled in any of the Tufts professional schools. See the next section for alternate resources.
  • Appointments are limited to one session per day and three sessions per week. Students are limited to 15 hours of writing tutoring per semester.
  • Students must give at least six hours' notice if they need to cancel an appointment with a writing consultant. Any student who cancels with short notice or who does not show for an appointment must to wait a full week before making another appointment. If a student is regularly a no-show, we reserve the right to suspend that student's use of our services for the remainder of the semester.
  • Consultants will only work with a student on a take-home exam IF the student presents written permission from the professor at the time of the appointment and makes it clear when signing up for the appointment that the assignment is a take-home exam.
  • Making an appointment for another student or bringing another student's work to a writing tutoring session is expressly forbidden. The student attending the session must be the same student who booked the appointment and must bring his/her own paper. Violating this rule may result in a suspension of ARC services as well as disciplinary action.
  • In the case of group writing projects, one student may make the appointment but the entire group should attend (unless the individual student only wants to work on his/her contributions).

Alternate Resources for Students in the Fletcher School, Friedman School, Med School, and Dental School

  • The Boston campus now has drop-in Health Sciences Writing Consulting for students enrolled in Tufts Medical School, Dental School, and Friedman School of Nutrition. Health Sciences Writing Consultants support projects such as research papers, clinical articles, personal statements, theses, doctoral dissertations, conference papers, proposals, posters, and abstracts. Health Sciences drop-in hours are held at the main floor of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, in the alcove behind the security desk. Fall 2013 hours are: Wednesdays, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm   
  • The Fletcher School offers its own tutoring services; learn more at the Fletcher Graduate Writing Program wiki.

 

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