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Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is the easiest and most immediate way to get help with your writing — just drop by during the hours listed below, no appointment necessary.  We’re available to talk with you about everything from details about grammar, style, or citation to the broadest thinking about what you’re trying to say.  Feel free to bring a draft for us to look over, but don’t feel obliged — if you’re spinning your wheels trying to get something on the page, come by empty-handed just to brainstorm a bit. 

Hours

Sun.-Thurs., 4-10 pm.

Location 

Writing Center Consultation Office (227B Watzek Library). 

Peer Tutors

Our tutoring staff consists of upperclass students selected from among Lewis & Clark’s most talented and dedicated enthusiasts for the written word.  These are all students with a passion for writing and for ideas, and a special talent for thinking about how writing functions (and why it sometimes doesn’t).  They have all completed an intensive training program to help them prepare to work with you.  Here’s who they are:

 

Rachel Aragaki ’19

 

Majors: Environmental Studies, Music

Favorite authors: Mark Salzman, Brian Jacques, Isaac Asimov, Jodi Picoult

Best advice about writing:

Read everything fully: the literature, the prompt, and especially your own writing. Make sure you fully understand what is being asked and what it is that you are communicating.

 

 

 

 

Carmel Companiott ’19

 

 Major: English

Favorite authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Milan Kundera, Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Leo Tolstoy


Best advice about writing: 

Start the process early. This is sometimes the hardest thing to do, but the longer you spend contemplating your topic, the easier it becomes to articulate your ideas. Starting early doesn’t mean writing an entire essay a month before it’s due. Starting early means brainstorming ideas while you walk to class, jotting down notes, talking about your ideas with your peers, and allowing yourself to produce mediocre work that can later be shaped into powerful writing.

 

 

 

Simran Handa ’19

 

Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Favorite Authors:  J.K. Rowling, Sherman Alexie, Khaled Hosseini, Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros

Best advice about writing:  

Plan out your paper before you sit down to write it. Write a thorough outline, but leave room for change because the process of writing should give rise to new ideas and better understanding!

  

 


 

Peter Kranitz ’18

 

Major: English

Favorite authors: Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Ken Kesey, Franz Kafka, Neil Gaiman

Best advice about writing:

The hardest part of writing is actually writing. Start putting words on the paper and it’ll come much more easily. You can edit later. Just get your ideas down first and worry about making it good after that.

 

 


Ariel Moyal ’19

Major:  Environmental Studies

Minor:  Political Economy

Favorite authors: Haruki Murakami, Ray Bradbury, Mary Oliver, Junot Diaz

Best advice about writing:  

Writing became infinitely easier to me when I began to think about it as thought-process instead of an end-product. Writing is simply the way we communicate our thoughts to the rest of the world. I like to approach it as an opportunity to put my ideas on paper and it suddenly becomes less daunting. 

 

Georgia Reid ’19

Majors: Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology

Favorite Authors: Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway,Robinson Jeffers, Gabriel García Marquez, Tom Robbins, Virginia Woolf

Best advice about writing:  

Do not stress endlessly over making a word perfect in its place, especially at the beginning. When faced with a prompt, grab a pen and see where it takes you. Go with it. Gift yourself enough time to ponder, to write, and to rewrite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Angelica True ’18

 

Major:  English

Favorite authors: Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Ian McEwan, Marilynne Robinson, Virginia Woolf, and Toni Morrison 

Best advice about writing: Although I often struggle to follow my own advice, the best advice I can give about writing is to practice perseverance. Even if you believe that something you are writing is coming out poorly, don’t give up on it. Sometimes the story or essay that was the most difficult for us to pull together in the beginning becomes our magnum opus in the end. Often we are tempted to give up when we write about concepts that challenge us, yet, those are the very concepts that we should be writing about. 

 

 

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