Writing in History
The Writing in History tutors provide support to undergraduate students who are enrolled in courses offered by the Department of History (from 2000-level classes to senior seminars). Our tutors specialize in historical writing and can help you at any stage of your writing process.
Make an appointment
We recommend that you make an appointment with the Writing in History tutors early in the writing process. Keep in mind that the tutoring program tends to get very busy in the last weeks of the semester. Planning ahead is necessary.
Online tutoring is available, but limited. Please make sure to read the instructions on the top of the slotted page, and make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. You can make an appointment on the slotted website:
What to expect
Please read the following material for your advising session:
- the assignment prompt with any supporting material provided by the instructor/teaching assistant (e.g. writing guidelines or grading rubric)
- a printed copy of your paper for review with the tutor
A tutoring session lasts for 30 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.