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About the TWC

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Our Mission

The Tutoring and Writing Center (TWC) provides responsive, individualized instruction on a wide range of academic subjects, projects, and tasks. Our trained content tutors and writing consultants work with those who visit our Center to help them achieve their academic and intellectual goals. We believe that everyone benefits from feedback on their processes of learning and communicating. By providing this feedback through one-on-one tutoring and through events about writing and learning, we encourage all members of the Rollins community to engage with their development as lifelong learners.

Values and Vision

Collaboration | Service | Inclusivity
The foundation of the TWC is peer education. Our particular methodology of peer education is shaped by three primary forces: the mission of Rollins College, the principles of liberal arts education, and the rich history of scholarship on peer tutoring and writing center theory and practice. In synthesizing these forces, we adopt the following as our guiding values: collaboration, service, and inclusivity.

We believe that peer education is most effective when all parties feel invited to participate and valued for their contributions. Therefore, we adopt an ethic of service and spirit of hospitality in which all members of the Rollins community are welcome in our space and encouraged to use our resources. Through tutoring strategies that accommodate differences in learning styles and abilities and that are respectful of students’ diverse identities and backgrounds, we contribute to the formation of an inclusive, engaged culture of learning at Rollins.

Accessibility and Accommodations

The TWC is committed to providing a space and resources that are accessible and inclusive of students with disabilities. We are always happy to adjust our approaches in order to help you learn best. Some examples of tutoring accommodations that may be helpful for students with disabilities are: relocating from the Lakeview Lounge area to a quieter space, using talk-to-text or text-to-talk software, using your Livescribe pen or other recording device, welcoming service animals, and more! Our tutors will also be able to recommend additional resources such as helpful technologies, other academic and student support resources on campus, and—most importantly—Accessibility Services.  

If you would like to notify us of any accommodations or make other requests, you can make a note of this in your appointment report form, you can contact Layne Gordon or Mistie Watkins, or you can let your tutor know in person when you arrive for your appointment.   

The TWC is aligned with Accessibility Services in aiming to provide equal access for all students to participate in and benefit from all curricular and co-curricular opportunities at Rollins. If you have any comments or suggestions about how we can improve our accessibility efforts, feel free to reach out to Layne Gordon or Mistie Watkins directly or contact Accessibility Services.

Interested in becoming a peer tutor?

What will I learn from working as a content tutor?

Content tutors enter into new roles with students, faculty, and professional staff as they collaborate on the academic demands of courses in their major. Their professors no longer see them as just good students, but also as peer educators who also think deeply about the learning process and the good communication necessary to nurture it. Peer tutors are often even more appealing to graduate programs with official tutor training and experience, prized by universities looking for talented graduate teaching assistants. Tutors are paid for their efforts with students, though for students, the sessions are free of charge.

What will I learn from working as a writing consultant?

Writing Consultants’ own reading and writing skills often improve considerably from the experience, as do their communication skills, in dialog with the student writer, the course material, and the specific writing prompt. Great gains also result from their extensive practice in drawing out people’s ideas and giving feedback to help student writers reflect on their learning and writing processes, to make adjustments, both short- and long-term. The job is challenging, varied, and usually fun. While appointments are free of charge for the client, Writing Consultants get paid for time spent in sessions with students.

What's required of me as a peer tutor?

  1. Participate in about ten hours of face-to-face initial training spread over the first few weeks of  the first semester you tutor. This time counts as a one-credit course.
  2. After initial training, attend regular staff meetings. This time also counts as a one-credit course.
  3. Offer six hours a week for possible appointments throughout the semester. Time spent with clients is paid.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in working with students in this way, please fill out our application on Handshake.

History

What we now call the Tutoring and Writing Center has evolved over many years in order to meet the needs of students in the Rollins community. The TWC has previously gone by TJ's or "the Hub," but no matter what you call us, one thing has remained constant during our journey: our commitment to serving students according to the values of a liberal arts education.

In 1984, a movement towards writing across the curriculum (WAC) meant that professors would infuse writing-to-learn as well as learning-to-write practices in their classrooms. What was then simply "The Writing Center" brought good student writers from across the disciplines to communicate a reader's perspective of the student's draft to the student as well as discuss the ideas in the student’s mind that they had not yet written. The Writing Center became an alternative source of feedback and learning for students outside of their formal classes.

In 1998, we created a content tutoring program to run alongside the Writing Center. This allowed Rollins students to join in conversation with other students who had recently taken their courses and were majors in various departments. Adding content tutors created a powerful cohort of over 90 students able to assist their peers with concepts and assignments in specific areas. 

In 2018, our long-standing Coordinator, Susie Robertshaw, retired from Rollins. In 2019, Layne Porta Gordon and Mistie Watkins accepted their positions as Coordinator and Associate Coordinator, respectively. 

Strategic Planning

Take a look at our annual reports:  2017-2018 | 2016-2017 | 2014-2015

Information on the Tutoring and Writing Center's strategic planning process is available here.

Contact us

 

Layne Porta Gordon, PhD
Coordinator, Tutoring and Writing Center
lgordon@rollins.edu 
407.646.2190

Mistie Watkins
Associate Coordinator, Tutoring and Writing Center
mwollard@rollins.edu 
407.646.2607

Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. #2772
Winter Park, Florida 32789