The Writing Center tutors

Lincoln Way Central’s Writing Center consists of a network of student tutors who are, without exception, dedicated to helping their peers by channeling their passions for writing and English. Each tutor excels in the demanding job of guiding other students from both conceptual and grammatical standpoints. The work, while enjoyable, isn’t always easy. When asked about the most difficult facet of their job, the tutors agreed unanimously that many students coming in last minute prove to be the hardest to help. In this situation, Senior Kelly Newton elaborated that she feels she “can’t help them as much as I should be able to because there are so many people who need attention.” Despite the occasional frustrations, tutoring is an overwhelmingly positive experience. The opportunity to foster writing skills in their peers is one that the tutors find extremely rewarding. Students are often eager to share their progress with the tutors who they’ve worked with. Maddie White even thinks that the best part of the Writing Center is “when people are excited about the grade they get and come to tell me.” There are a multitude of perks that accompany the tutoring, one of which, the students revealed, is bonding with one another. On average, only five or six tutors are assigned to an advisory period, allowing the group to grow close over the shared experience. Another perk the position holds is the ability to look back on the books the tutors have read and papers they’ve written. Junior Katie Blake loves being able to gain new perspectives on literature she’s previously seen and enjoys working with students on topics she’s written about, stating “it’s so rewarding when you remember that you used to get help and now you’re able to help others.” The tutors’ passions for literature and for aiding in their peers’ development as writers are evident in their unwavering efforts, optimism, and occasional humor. In closing, Junior Leah Willner offered advice to student writers that any English Literature teacher would be proud of: “Always be Thoreau in your writing.”