University Learning Center

Writing Consultant Training Requirements

The University Learning Center tutor training program is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association. CRLA is a member of CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) and is an internationally recognized tutor program certification association. Tutor certification heightens the prestige of your tutoring experience.

The following table outlines the minimum training all peer writing consultants must engage in:

Training Explanation Details

Writing Tutor Orientation

Introduction to ULC mission, policies, and procedures.

Define tutoring responsibilities, review basic tutoring guidelines, and discuss "do's and don'ts."

Role modeling with experienced writing consultants, including how to begin and end the consultation.

Starts at 9:00 am the days before classes start each semester.

Workshops & Staff Meetings

Several workshops and staff meetings are scheduled throughout the semester.

Topics include: tutoring theory, learning styles, diversity, campus resources, etc.

Some may require preparation (reading or writing).

You'll be provided with a workshop and staff meeting schedule early in the semester. Each workshop and meeting is scheduled for an hour

(See Coordinator about any time conflicts.)

Participant Observation

You will start your work as a writing consultant shadowing experienced consultants.

The first week, you observe these consultants during appointments. The second week, you lead consultations with the experienced consultant present to observe and/or assist.

Writing consultants usually engage in two weeks of participant / observation, typically starting the second full week of classes.

Reflective Writing

You can write about any aspect of your tutoring experience. The written reflection will be e-mailed to the Coordinator; due date will be announced.

Critical Writing

Each consultant will schedule one appointment with another consultant and compose an analysis and critique of the experience. The critique will be e-mailed to the Coordinator; due date will be announced.

Observation & Conference

The Coordinator observes an appointment and meets with the consultant to review and discuss. Coordinator observations are typically scheduled once a semester.

Research Project

Consultants will research and produce a research poster.

Details about this project will be presented later in the semester.
Due dates will be announced.

The University Learning Center also offers Advanced and Masters level certification training. Please see the Director if you are interested in pursuing further certifications.

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