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Undergraduate Applications Academic Year 20-21

I want to be a Writing Lab undergraduate tutor. What do I do next?

Before you can tutor in the Writing Lab, you must apply to take one of our training courses before being eligible for employment. We offer two sections of the same course, and once you've been accepted, you can register based on your schedule (please see times below). Application materials and course information can be found below.

The courses are typically offered each fall semester, with some special offerings in spring semesters. We are offering two sections in Fall 2020. Please contact writing.lab@purdue.edu if you have questions.

We are interested in reflecting the diversity of the Purdue community. Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for positions in the Writing Lab.

ENGL 390: Tutoring Practicum in Writing

This course will teach you background on theories and methods of peer tutoring in the Writing Lab. Tutors work with a variety of clients across campus, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Tutors are trained to respond to different kinds of writing in different stages of the writing process.

ENGL 390 is a three-credit course. You will also be required to spend 1.5 hours in the Writing Lab each week gaining hands-on experience to prepare you to apply for tutoring.

Prerequisites: You must have taken either ENGL 106, ENGL 106i or ENGL 108 (or a suitable equivalent) or be taking one of these classes when you apply. You must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

To apply: Write an email of interest that explains 1) why you want to take the course, 2) provides relevant educational/background information, and 3) discusses how working in the lab fits into your larger goals. Send your email of interest to writing.lab@purdue.edu. The deadline for this application is November 16, 2020.

Course meeting times:


Tutoring Schedule & Locations

Schedule a tutoring appointment at any location or register for our group programs with our online scheduler.

Please note: If you have issues logging in, please call the Writing Lab for assistance scheduling your appointment. We've prepared a helpful guide to using our online scheduler, WCO, for the first time.

Virtual Hours (Summer 2021)

Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Limited face-to-face consultations available by appointment. Please check WCO for availability.

Contact us

Phone: (765) 494-3723
Fax: (765) 494-3780

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