Writing Tutorial is a skills-based, writing-intensive course. Instructors provide the following:
- Practice in basic writing skills.
- Exposure to skills necessary for successful writing at the post-secondary level, such as conducting library research, using appropriate methods of citation, and evaluating sources of information critically.
- Direct application of writing skills to your content courses.
- Exposure to various types of reading, which is used as stimuli for discussion and as a model for effective writing styles and techniques.
- Writing sentences using standard syntax and grammar.
- Writing structurally coherent paragraphs.
- Editing and revising papers.
- Understanding and using terminology pertinent to various modes of writing (for example, “thesis,” “exposition”).
- Writing formal paper(s) (for example, research papers, critical analyses, case studies, expositions, narratives).
All sections include the following components:
- Small group meetings (1/week).
- Individual or small group appointments (1/week).
- On-going writing assignments.
- Collaborative learning.
- Instruction and practice in the use of writing reference guides.
- Instruction and practice in the use of appropriate methods of citation.
- Introduction to library research.
As determined by individual instructor, WT may also include:
- Introduction to critical analysis of sources (World Wide Web, for example).
- Portfolio development.
- Practical application of reading strategies related to writing (summarization, for example).
As determined by individual instructor:
- Writing reference (e.g., Allyn and Bacon’s Handbook for Writers, Simon and Schuster’s Handbook for Writers, McWhonter's Success for College Writing).
- Readings (e.g., journal articles, editorials, reader selections, etc., as determined by individual instructors).
- Informal writing (e.g., journals, response papers, self-critique logs).
- Paragraph-level writing (e.g., definitions, analysis, synthesis, summarization, evaluation).
Grading and Credits
- You receive letter grades.
- WT carries three credits.
- Credits count toward full-time enrollment, but they do not count toward graduation.
- You must pass WT before enrolling in English Composition, a UNE undergraduate Core Curriculum requirement.