"Why Meet with a Writing Tutor?" was written by Sarah Pittock, PhD, of Stanford University
You may think of writing as a lonely activity, something to work at in a hushed, half-lit library carrel. Or you may think of writing merely as a matter of correctness, of getting all the commas in just the right places. Or you may suffer from writing anxiety and feel unable to produce the first word, let alone the first page. These writing challenges, and many others, can be addressed in a meeting with a writing tutor. Tutoring has the reputation of being remedial, of serving students with limited writing experience. But the writing tutorial can benefit all writers—freshman, graduate, or faculty—and represents a significant learning opportunity.