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Fall 2017


Many students whose studies emphasize science-based fields often struggle to understand why writing skills are important and necessary. For this reason, writing center tutors have the opportunity to adjust tutoring practices in such a way that students are equipped for both educational and professional experiences. Research has shown that the majority of college graduates lack basic written communication skills employers look for, suggesting a disconnect between English classes and other writing situations. As tutors understand the struggles of science-based students, they can adjust tutoring practices such that students are comfortable learning about writing and translate those skills into all aspects of written communication. Tutoring in this manner avoids the pitfall of writing education being tailored too closely to specific situations and becoming inflexible. As students learn to write for various situations, they additionally improve their reasoning abilities, the skills they often find to be the most valuable.