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Skidmore College
The Philip Boshoff Writing Center

Becoming a Writing Center Tutor

Writing Center

Interested in tutoring?

We seek tutors from across the curriculum, so that the Writing Center can reflect the range of disciplines in our liberal arts curriculum. Prospective tutors should be skilled, confident, and highly thoughtful readers and writers; they should be able to listen well and patiently, interact adaptively and productively with peers and instructors, maintain impeccable work habits, and bring fresh ideas and approaches to their work.

Any student may apply to become a Writing Center tutor: simply fill out the application below.

Writing samples, a faculty recommendation, and a brief interview are required for all applicants. (See “Important Notes” at the end of the application.)

Those selected as prospective tutors must register for the peer-tutor training course, EN 303H, The Peer Tutoring Project, taught by Writing Center Director Martha Wiseman. Please note that the course is offered only in the fall. Once students have passed the course, they are eligible to become paid tutors.

For anyone interested in tutoring, we hold an information session in the spring semester before Advising Week.

We look forward to meeting you!


Please see Important Notes below!

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1. Please send a writing sample—an assigned essay that best represents your college writingto

2. We require a faculty recommendation for all prospective Writing Center tutors. Please ask a faculty member whether he or she will support your application. If so, ask that faculty member to send a brief email, as soon as possible, explaining why you might make a strong tutor, to

Once we have evaluated your writing sample and received your faculty nomination, we will schedule a brief interview.