Writing tutors take on several roles when working with students, which range from coaches to counselors. However, one of the most important roles of writing tutors is the collaborator. Collaboration encourages both the tutor and the student to draw on each of their strengths, rather than only relying on the knowledge of the tutor alone. Some roles that restrict tutors as collaborators are roles such as editors and experts. Tutors avoid being editors of papers because they are only able to address surface level issues in writing rather than global issues. Being an expert is too much of a burden for peer tutors because they too are students and humans with an incomplete knowledge. But being a collaborator provides the tutor and student with opportunities to work in tandem to learn and find solutions and develop stronger writing skills.
Hahn, Jessica, "Wearing the Collaborator Hat" (2017). Tutor's Column. Paper 16.