How to Become a Tutor at the Writing Center



Undergraduate Tutors


Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in becoming tutors at the Writing Center must be nominated by an instructor.  In early April, the Writing Center will ask Hopkins faculty to nominate students they believe are promising candidates.  If you would like to become a tutor in the Writing Center, you may ask an instructor with whom you have taken a writing-intensive course to nominate you.  Students who have been nominated are contacted by the Director of the Writing Center with further information about the application process.  During the fall term of the ensuing academic year, all prospective undergraduate tutors are required to participate in a one-credit training course. II

**Students who are referred by IFP professors or instructors are not eligible for Writing Center tutorship.  Because the Writing Center does not assist students with creative writing of any kind, we do not accept nomintions from IFP personnel. 


Graduate Tutors


At the beginning of their fifth semester, third-year graduate students in the Department of English may have the opportunity to join the Writing Center staff.  Interested graduate students from other departments in their third year or beyond may also apply for these positions. Preference is given to candidates who can demonstrate their willingness to work at the Center for a number of years (at least two) and who have advanced training in the teaching of writing, especially through the Expository Writing Program. Other factors in the consideration of new graduate tutors include disciplinary coverage among the staff as a whole and special expertise in areas under-represented by the existing staff.   


Interested parties should send an email to the Writing Center at and should attach a five-to-ten-page writing sample.  There are no requirements for this sample, but it should be a polished piece of writing.  Once your writing sample has been received, the Director of the Writing Center will review it.  If your sample is found acceptable, the Director will write you to that effect and will provide you access to a variety of Required and Optional Reading and Viewing Materials. You will have one or two weeks to look over these materials before being asked to complete an assessment on them.  This assessment has several parts and includes both multiple-choice and open-response questions.  The assessment will be graded on a pass/fail basis.


If you pass the assessment, you will be invited to have a brief internship at the Writing Center.  This internship consists of sitting in on one four-hour shift at the Center. During the first two hours of the shift, you will observe an experienced consultant as he or she leads two consultations.  During the second two hours of the internship, you will lead two consultations and will be observed by an experienced consultant. 


Once you have completed the internship, the Director will confer with the experienced consultant and will ascertain whether you are a good fit for the Writing Center.  If you are approved, you will be eligible for a regular shift immediately.  In the event that the semester is already far under way and all regular shifts are filled, you will be able to take flex shifts or act as a sub for consultants who must miss a shift.  The following semester, however, you will be eligible for a regular shift.