The English 100 Tutorial Program offers students a chance to meet one-on-one with an experienced instructor outside their own class setting.
The goal of the Tutorial Program is to provide a sounding board for English 100 writers at all levels of expertise and at any point in the writing process for both writing and multimodal projects. When you leave a Tutorial session, we want you to leave with a plan, ready to sit down and tackle that blank page or those tricky revisions.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment with one of the Tutorial co-directors, use the Starfish App on your MyWisc Account.
Log into MyWisc
Search for the Starfish App
Add to home for easy access
Launch the app
Please click this link for more information on using Starfish to schedule appointments.
At present, we offer three types of appointments: (1) in person in the Helen C. White building, (2) synchronous video chat, and (3) asynchronous written feedback. If you cannot find a time on our schedule that works, please email us and we will try our best to work with you. We are very eager to work with English 100 students! <100tutorial[at]english.wisc.edu>
What should I know when I schedule an appointment?
This may be the first time you have discussed your writing in a one-on-one setting. Many students find Tutorial sessions helpful, scheduling ongoing appointments throughout the semester. We are happy to meet with students for one 30-minute session per week. Students can schedule appointments up to three weeks in advance.
We offer support for both writing and multimodal projects:
Planning and drafting: understanding assignment prompts and grading rubrics, brainstorming main ideas, generating topics and thesis statements, planning design elements, etc.
Revising: working on organization or “flow,” refining arguments, sentence-level polishing
Reviewing and responding to instructor comments
Developing questions or comments to share with your E100 instructor
Our goal is to serve as a second set of eyes for your English 100 writing assignments at all stages of your writing process (from brainstorming to rough drafts).
How should I prepare for my appointment? What should I do during my Tutorial session?
You should bring your draft (a GoogleDoc works great!), assignment description, relevant writing (brainstorming, outline, handouts), and questions. You should also bring a method of note-taking as we read your draft (pen and paper, electronic note taking system, etc).
Tutorial sessions are led by your writing questions. Depending on your draft stage and questions, we may ask you to read your writing out loud. Other times, we may brainstorm together, we may coach you on independent revision strategies, or we may even ask you to do a few minutes of free writing. We can typically get through about five pages of writing per session. If your draft is longer, we will likely focus on sections of your paper as they are connected to your revision questions.
Who will meet with me?
English 100 Tutorial sessions are led by Co-Directors Elaine Cannell and Helen Smith, both who have experience as English 100 Instructors and Writing Center Tutors.
Elaine Cannell is a dissertator in the Literary Studies program in English. Her interests include modern and contemporary literature, performance studies, and social movement history. She is an award-winning teacher with experience teaching and tutoring for both composition and literature courses. Elaine is excited to work with you at every stage of the writing process.
Helen Smith is a PhD student in Literary Studies within the English department, primarily focusing on the linguistics and literature of Old English (~450-1100 CE). Helen has taught as an English 100 Instructor, a Literature Teaching Assistant, and as a Writing Center Instructor. She enjoys putting the English 100 Core Beliefs into use when helping students and looks forward to supporting you on that journey!
You can make an appointment with any of the co-directors through the Starfish app (see above). You can also reach the English 100 Tutorial by email: 100tutorial[at]english.wisc.edu