Meetings and Preparation

We recommend that you make an appointment with the Writing in History tutors early in the writing process. Keep in mind that the department;s tutoring program tends to get very busy during some weeks of the semester. Accordingly, planning ahead is necessary.

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Appointments

Tutors are available during semester weeks Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please make an appointment at least 48 hours before your assignment is due. We absolutely encourage you to make appointments as far ahead as possible. Appointments can be made online on our Writing in History scheduling site.

Students who are interested in receiving support from an online tutor need to schedule a session via our Writing in History Online scheduling site.

After clicking the appointment scheduling links, please scroll down to the date on which you would like to schedule your appointment with a Department of History writing tutor, then click to book the appointment. You can also send yourself an iCal or Google Calendar invitation from the appointment slot.

We also accept walk-ins if we are not booked already. If you would like to make a same-day appointment, please call us at (305) 348-2328 or visit us in person.

We are located in the main office of the Department of History at FIU, DM 397.

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Meetings

Please make sure to bring the assignment sheet or essay prompt and any other supporting material you may have been provided by the course instructor or teaching assistant, such as the grading rubric, writing and citation guidelines etc. Also, bring a printed copy of the paper you would like to review with the tutor.

A tutoring session lasts for 45 minutes. During that time you will have the opportunity to discuss the writing aspects of your paper and receive feedback from the tutor. Your tutor will first discuss “global” issues with you; for instance, they will determine whether you have a strong thesis statement and check if the paper adheres to basic university-level expectations with regard to structure and organization.

Please remember that the tutors will not edit or proofread your papers for you. Their goal is to provide you with the tools to become a better writer and help you communicate your ideas in more effective ways.