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History Department Writing Tutors

CONTACT INFORMATION

historywritingtutors@utk.edu

Emails to this address are automatically forwarded to both writing tutors. For the quickest response, please use this email address. All general inquiries should also be sent to this email address. Should you wish to reach out to an individual tutor, please contact that person separately.

HOURS

Monday: Alex, 9-12, 1-5 (Dunford 2526)

Tuesday: Jordan, 9-11, 1-4 (Dunford 2526)

Wednesday: Laura, 9-12, 1-5 (Dunford 2524)

Thursday: Jordan, 9-11, 1-4 (Dunford 2526)

Friday: Alex, 9-12 (Dunford 2526); Laura, 12-3 (Dunford 2524)

DATES AVAILABLE

January 22 – April 26.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A WRITING TUTOR

Due to the high demand for appointments during peak weeks of the semester, we ask that students limit themselves to two half-hour appointment slots per week. Students who sign up for a third half-hour appointment in any given week without express approval from a writing tutor may forfeit their first appointment slot. If you feel that your assignment will require more than an hour’s worth of consultation, we advise that you start drafting your paper several weeks in advance and stagger your appointments across multiple weeks.

If you are working on a research paper for an upper-level or capstone course, we encourage you to schedule two appointments back-to-back in order to ensure that we have time to both read and discuss your assignment in as thorough a fashion as possible.

We ask that, if you schedule an appointment with a writing tutor, you  make every effort to either attend it or cancel it with advance notice. Should you need to cancel your appointment, please do so in a timely manner and notify the writing tutor with whom you had an appointment via email. Keep in mind that if you neither show up for nor cancel a confirmed appointment, you are potentially taking away that appointment slot from another student. Please be respectful and conscientious of your fellow students who would also like to make use of the resources we provide.

(Scheduling an appointment requires you to login to Google’s services – You can use your UTK Net ID and password to do this, even if you manage your UTK email with Microsoft Office 365)

Tutors are also available on a walk-in basis during regular tutoring hours. Their offices are located in Dunford Hall, 5th Floor. Please note, while walk-ins are always welcome, scheduled appointments will take first priority.

WHAT WE DO

The History Department offers undergraduates in history courses access to dedicated writing tutors to help them to improve their historical writing. Students who want help with writing for history courses can talk with a writing tutor about many components of their writing, including its structure, clarity, use of historical evidence, grammar, syntax, style, and argument(s). Writing tutors can also provide help with the process of formatting citations according to the rules laid out in the Chicago Manual of Style, which is the standard style guide for historical writing.

The writing tutors do not mark-up or grade student work—instead, they provide feedback aimed at helping students to improve their writing skills (as well as particular writing assignments). Students are encouraged to consult the writing tutors early and often in the writing process, even before having written anything at all. Consultation with the writing tutors should not replace interaction with a student’s professor and/or TA. Instead, it should be viewed as an additional resource.

 

MATERIALS TO BRING

Whether coming to an appointment with a writing tutor or walking in, students should bring physical copies of the following materials:

  1. The course syllabus and assignment (may be electronic);
  2. Any primary or secondary sources being used to complete the assignment (may be electronic);
  3. hard copy of any drafts of the work-in-progress (including outlines, notes, or drafts with comments).

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