Lisa - Supervisor
Favorite Books/Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Charles Dicken's Bleak House, Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance, and anything by Kawabata Yasunari
Favorite Resources: Noodle Bib- has made life easier for students and tutors!
Favorite thing about my job: listening to tutors talk about their job- we are so lucky to have such a professional, engaged group of tutors!
Barry - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Tolkien
Favorite Types of Writing: everything, especially screenplays
Favorite Movies: Cleopatra, Stay, Elizabeth, Diabolique
Favorite Classes: those with stimulating discussions
Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Read, read, read!
Writing Suggestions: Read, read, read!
Pat - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: It's hard to say because I am "picky" about what I read and therefore, love almost all the books I read. I only have so much time to devote to reading, so I try to select what truly interests me.
Favorite Types of Writing: biography, autobiography, newspaper, magazine or web features, books of intrigue based on reality. Having said that, two of my favorite books are fictional: The Lotus Eaters and Life of Pi
Favorite Resources: grammargirl.com;slate.com (great feature stories); NPR (radio and website)
Favorite Movies: almost anything Woody Allen, foreign films (I like to learn about other cultures.)
Favorite Classes: psychology, English, anthropology (I also love languages but never reached a leave of fluency in any of them--sad!)
Suggestions to students coming into the Writing Center: Try to bring in your best "try" at your paper. In other words, if you have been thoughtful in your approach to your work (Always ask yourself, "What am I really trying to say here?") , the tutor can help bring you to even a higher level.
Writing Suggestions: Stay focused; keep it simple; rely on what you know; be an aggressive researcher; respect your own voice.
Nelly - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: The Lives of a Cell, The Immortal Cell
Favorite Types of Writing: Poetry in Spanish
Favorite Resources: Arts and Literature Daily
Favorite Movies: Like Water For Chocolate, The Matrix trilogy
Favorite Classes: biology, anatomy, physiology
Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Do not come in right before your assignment is due; give yourself enough time to revise your paper.
Writing Suggestions: Let your writing sit overnight. Then review it the next day for a better perspective.
Sherry - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: science fantasy, historical fiction, thrillers
Favorite Types of Writing: poetry and novels
Favorite Resources: Grammar Help, Vocabulary Building, Barron's Painless Grammar, and Grammar Revolution
Favorite Classes: creative writing
Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Don't worry that your paper isn't perfect. Writing is a process.
Writing Suggestions: Keep a journal. Keep writing and revising. If you're writing an essay, an outline can be very, very helpful.
Josh - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Favorite Types of Writing: Honest
Favorite Movies: Jaws, Repo Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon
Favorite Classes: philosophy, history
Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: If possible, please bring any handouts, textbooks, or other materials that will help us better understand your assignment.
Chris - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: nonfiction books about events that happened in history
Favorite Types of Writing: short stories
Favorite Movies: Inception, Lincoln, Lord of the Rings, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes
Favorite Classes: English, history, math
Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Please proofread your papers first before asking for our help.
Writing Suggestions: Reading a variety of literature will help you be a better writer.
Jacob - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: I love old things such as Plato, Locke, Hume, Kant, and philosophy books. My goal is to read and understand them all.
Favorite Types of Writing: scholarly journal because I love how well these articles are organized and how they present new ideas to whatever subject they study
Favorite Resources: I love YouTube because there are so many videos. I love using it to find lectures or to research music.
Favorite Movies: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Monster's Inc., The Hunt for Red October, 13 Days, The Prestige
Favorite Classes: analytical or based on discussion because I like learning to understand complex topics and discussing them
Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Be prepared to stop by several times to perfect an assignment; it often takes more than one edit to perfect a paper.
Writing Suggestions: The best writing, in my mind, has the greatest understanding of the topic. Spending a large amount of time digesting a topic can be more helpful than worrying about the mechanics of language.
School Success Suggestion: You should try to be friendly with instructors and be willing to ask questions. Good teachers love helping students who are willing to learn.
Krista - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: Emma & Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Witching Hour by Anna Rice, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zara Neale Hurston
Favorite Types of Writing: Fiction, British Literature and supernatural
Favorite Movies: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Favorite Classes: any literature class or theater class
Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Come prepared with a typed copy of your assignment, your assignment sheet, and something to write with.
Writing Suggestions: Make lots of drafts; no matter how good of a writer you may be, your paper will improve the more drafts you make. Ask your instructor questions; make use of their office hours. Make sure you understand your assignment.
Emily - Tutor
Favorite Books/Literature: The Millionaire Mind, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Host, Tuesdays With Morrie
Favorite Types of Writing: process analysis
Favorite Resources: ProQuest and the library
Favorite Movies: Matilda, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, Pitch Perfect
Favorite Classes: chemistry, humanities, business
Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: We are more willing to help you if you are willing to be helped. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of a consultation.
Writing Suggestions: Remember that writing is a process; everyone takes more than one draft to write something they like!