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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 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 The deadline for this application is November 16, 2020.

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