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The Utah State University (USU) Writing Center teaches a practicum class, English 4910, for each new cohort of tutors. These tutors must submit a portfolio of observations, notes, and paper drafts from their first semester of coursework and tutoring, with a final “Tutor’s Column” about an aspect of tutoring that they have practiced, studied, and researched. Some of the aspects of tutoring examined here include how to listen to students, assisting those who have disabilities, how to teach different types of writing (eg. creative, scientific, etc.), best practices for student-tutor interactions, and more. The information provided in the Tutor’s Column can help future USU Writing Center tutors learn how to best help students improve their writing skills.

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2020

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Branding the Writing Center, Courtney Akagi

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Editing is Easy; Tutoring is Hard: Helping Writers with Learning Disabilities, Mikenna DeBruin

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Writing Center Space The First Frontier, J. Benjamin Howell

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The Intricacies of Tutoring Personal Narratives, Hailey Hunt

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Being the Tutor Students Need, Clayton Lords

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Bad Puns: It’s How Eye Roll: Humor Writing as a Technique to Engage and Strengthen Writers, Hala Louviere

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The Place of Procrastination, Grace Taylor

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Questioning Our Questions, Makenzie Vance

2019

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How Not to Panic in the Face of Panic, Emily Abel

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“All Right Stop, Collaborate, and Listen”: A Writing Center’s Role in Community Collaboration, Riley Anderton

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On the Right Note, Carolyn Baird

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We Found Language in a Lonely Place: A Rumination Into Quieting the Fears of EL Students and Quieting Our Own Fears about Effectively Tutoring Them, Zoe Baldwin

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Breathe: Helping Students with Mental Disabilities- and Helping Yourself, Miranda Cundick

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Finding Place for Printing, Ian Duncan

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A Science Writing Center as a Catalyst for Improving Undergraduate Writing Skills in the Sciences, Andrew J. Felton

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Balancing Give-and-Take in Tutoring, Stephanie Fielding

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Preparing to Perform: The Power of Observations in Tutor Education, Jordan Forest

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The Right Answer: Intuition in Tutoring Sessions, Hunter E. Henrichsen

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What's Another Name for Bull****?, Nicole Hurst

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More than Writing: The Application of the Writing Process, Logan Kelley

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Writer Empowerment: Seeing Through the Veil of Disinterest, Jay Paine

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140%: Helping Students with Reading Disabilities, Emily Joy Powell

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Professionalism in the Writing Center: Combining Compassion and Composition, Carrigan Price

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Becoming a Goat: Leaving Mediocracy to the Sheep, Heidi Bonkemeyer Roskelley

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Escaping the Spiral: How Peer Tutoring Disrupts Perfectionistic Tendencies, Anne Schill

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Pictures of Words: The Importance of Visual Strategies in Tutoring Writing, Kylie Smith

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Redefining Labels: The Session is Ours for the Taking, Erica Snow

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Making Sandcastles with the Sands of Time, Sophia Thimmes

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Mind the Gap: Exploring Mindfulness as a Tool for Tutors, Students, and Everyone In Between, Ashley Thompson

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How About You Give it a Try: Hands-On Tutoring Sessions, Mikayla Tobler

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Don’t Overlook the Power of Praise, Andrea Whittier

2018

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The Importance of Devoting Attention to Students’ Introductory Paragraphs, Andrea Bresee

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Spiders, Satan, and Uncertainty: Turning Idle Tutoring Sessions into Teaching Opportunities, Olivia Brock

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Potential of a Tutor's Personality, Matt Crabtree

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The Writer: An Endangered Species, Hayley Dykman

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“Good Enough”: Teaching Confidence through Revision, McKayla Freeman

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Leading Questions: Prohibited in Court and Tutoring Sessions, Jared Gheen

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The Curious Case of Dr. Writer and Mr. Verbalizer, Libbey Hanson

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A Tutor as an Educator, Justyn Hardy

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The Creative, the Critic, & the Tutor: Tutoring the Creative Process, Nate Hardy

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Perché Non Mi Aiuti? (​Why Won't You Help Me?​), Hailey Hibbard

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Confidence is Key: The Importance of Building a Student’s Confidence in Writing, Tyler Monson

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Rigid, Joshua Salisbury

2017

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Turning Apathy to Ambition: Strategies for Countering Student Disinterest, Jared Bryan

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Tutors: “Theses” the Problem: Students and Thesis Statements, Jackson Bylund

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Stop, Think, and Question, Andrea Carlquist

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The Business of Writing, Mikayla Doyle

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Black and White and Gray All Over, Harper Forsgren

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So What?: Writing and Tutoring Intentionally, Cassidy Gummersall

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Wearing the Collaborator Hat, Jessica Hahn

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Praiseworthy and Developable—How Psychology Takes Shape in Tutoring, Chloe Harvell

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Interpersonal Communication: One Smile Away from a Lifetime of Success, Alexander Anthony Johnson

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Putting Writers at Rest into Motion, Cody Kelley

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Grammatically Speaking: A Look into Writer Development, Bayli Luebke

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Why Don't You Ask Me?, Matilyn Mortensen

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Power to the Writer, Sara Mozingo

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Warm Smiles, Soft Chairs: A Testament to the Power of Ambience, Cari Phillips

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Tutors—Writing Myth Busters, Stephanie Pointer

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Let’s Talk: Training Anxiety Out of New Tutors, Nichelle Pomeroy

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A Minute Too Late, Camille Rasband

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Don’t Talk -Listen: The Power of Silence in a Tutoring Session, Megan Ririe

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Blind Leading the Blind: The Experience of an Inexperienced Tutor, Westin Smith