Tutors—Writing Myth Busters

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Pointer, Stephanie (2017)
  • Publisher: Hosted by Utah State University Libraries
  • Subject: empathy | audience | helping | Peer tutor | myths | bad writing | improvement | truth | drafting | English Language and Literature | writing | patience | focused | writing process | successful | tutoring sessions
    acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION

The purpose of this essay is to help tutors understand that myths about the writing process are hurting students and their writing. Peer tutors are in a unique position to teach students the truth about the writing process. Many students feel incapable of writing well because they struggle with the writing process. Helping students recognize false beliefs about writing and understand the truth will do more to improve student writing and confidence than teaching writing mechanics. When students have a deeper understanding of the importance of having a focused audience, writing bad drafts, and allowing for their limited time frame, then they will have the tools and reality check needed for a better writing experience.
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