Information for Tutors

Information for Tutors

EWRT/LRNA 97: Intro to Peer Tutoring in Writing

This course trains De Anza students to be peer writing tutors. In this course, new tutors learn to help student writers throughout the writing process and work with students at various levels of writing proficiency and from diverse backgrounds. They read about, observe, discuss, write about and practice the craft of tutoring writing. After an initial orientation, including reading and classroom exercises, students in the class begin tutoring and use class time to reflect upon those tutoring experiences.  Here are some messages to future tutors from tutors who have taken EWRT/LRNA 97: Letters to Future TutorsLetters to Future WRC Tutors #1. Letters to Future WRC Tutors #2.

To get an idea what the class covers, download a past info sheet (pdf)  which includes the class green sheet, weekly calendar and assignments.  For the most current info sheet, enrolled students should log in to

Download the complete course reader (pdf, 190 pages!)

As part of the class, you need to interview and be selected as a tutor, then tutor 4-10 hours per week. You are paid as a student assistant for the hours you work as a tutor.

To apply to become a tutor and take the class, please visit Become a Tutor.

For students wanting to begin tutoring, please stop by the WRC as soon as possible (during the last two weeks of quarter prior to the one you'd like to tutor, or first week at the latest) to submit an application and arrange an interview.

Please see the meetings page for All Tutor meetings and Topic Specific sessions and activities required for both new and returning tutors.

To access the Catalyst web site (must be enrolled), go to:

  • Username: Your De Anza College Student ID
  • Password: Your Birthday in this format: MMDDYYYY
    (Two digit month, followed by two digit day, followed by FOUR digit year; no slashes or spaces.)

For detailed instructions on how to use Catalyst, click on the First Time? links on the left side of the screen (before your log in.)

See Resources for Tutors for links about tutoring writing that may be useful as you tutor and for your final project. Download the Writing Tutor Resource Guide for a list of books and websites to help you help students with everything from grammar to reading.

To see students' final projects for this course, go to LRNA/EWRT 97 Final Projects.

Download Judy Hubbard's Grammar Packet (Word, 24 pages)

Download Friendship Essay or Ghost Festival Essay for Assignment #5

Assignment #3 Alternative to Observation:
Training for Tough Tutorials video clips (a great resource for final projects too!) >
San Mateo Community College's online training

More resources related to writing centers and writing tutors:

Katie's online tutoring presentation;

Information for Tutors
Building: ATC 3rd Floor and S43

Diana Alves De Lima

Melissa Aguilar


Last Updated: 9/3/15