How to Become a Tutor
Who are peer tutors?
Peer tutors are undergraduate students from a variety of majors and selected Graduate Teaching Assistants from Writing & Rhetoric, who are interested in the teaching and learning of writing. As a tutor, you will provide individual and small-group writing support to students, faculty, and staff from first-year to graduate in every discipline, while studying writing center research and theory. As you teach and learn in collaboration with others, you will develop your own writing abilities, interpersonal skills, and leadership potential.
Undergraduate peer tutors are paid $10.00-$11.00 per hour. Hours range from 3-20 per week. Initial and continued employment is contingent upon fulfilling the responsibilities and requirements below.
See current peer tutors.
- New Orlando tutors enroll in a required tutor education course, ENC 4275/5276: Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing. For more information, see the course description.
- Tutor writing across the disciplines
- Participate in required orientations at the start of the semester (Saturday, August 21, 2021, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, August 27, 2021 2:30-4:30 p.m.)
- Continuing staff participate in required ongoing weekly education and professional development, including assigned reading, writing, research, and special projects
- Staff the front desk and contribute to the daily operation of the UWC
- Represent and promote the UWC at campus events
- Design and deliver classroom presentations and workshops on writing
- Create writing resources for use by the UWC
- Learn to consult face-to-face and online
- Be available to consult, as needed, online and in satellite locations
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Maintain an active interest in writing center research, theory, and practice
How do I apply to the Orlando UWC?
- Review the information on this page, as well as the course description for ENC 4275/5276: Theory & Practice of Tutoring Writing.
- To be considered for an interview, send a 5-10 page sample of researched writing from a recent UCF course, along with a brief cover letter explaining the assignment requirements and the process you took to complete this writing task. This sample should showcase your ability to incorporate and cite sources in polished academic prose. Send these materials by March 5 to Professor Debbie Weaver, Director of the Writing Center: Deborah.Weaver@ucf.edu.
- Selected applicants will be invited to take part in an in-person interview to discuss your interest in working as a peer tutor of writing in the University Writing Center.
- If you are accepted, you will receive a permit to enroll in the required tutor-education course.
- Enrolled students should plan to take part in a required day-long orientation, which takes place in the Writing Center on the first Saturday after classes begin in the fall.