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Writer's Block / Learning Center
Schedule : Fall 2018
Students are encouraged to sign up in advance for tutoring by using the sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board just outside the door of the Writer's Block. Students choosing to "drop in" must defer to those who may already have signed up for a given session. A session is limited to single half-hour slots although a session may run longer if no other student arrives for tutoring. For more information regarding the Writer's Block, scroll down to just below the schedule.
Current Writer's Block tutors: Hailey Mount and Tristan Rolfe
|12:00 pm||Anna M.||12:15 Hailey M.|
|12:30||Anna M.||12:45 Hailey M.||Anna M.|
|2:00||Hailey M.||Anna M.|
|4:00||Tristan R.||Hailey M.|
|4:30||Tristan R.||Hailey M.|
|5:00||Tristan R.||Tristan R.||Hailey M.|
|Tristan R.||Hailey M.|
|6:00||Tristan R.||Tristan R.||Hailey M.|
|6:30||Tristan R.||Tristan R.||Hailey M.|
THE WRITER'S BLOCK: General Information
WHAT: The Writer’s Block at Marlboro College is a student-staffed writing center in which students can receive individualized peer tutoring for their written work. Writing tutors are trained to provide support at all stages of the writing process: from initial brainstorming for a topic or thesis/claim, outlining and organizing the overall structure of a piece, to constructive feedback for final revisions and editing. Tutors are also an excellent resource for developing a firmer grasp on formal written grammar.
WHERE: The Writer’s Block is located in the Learning Center on the first floor of the Rice-Aron Library, just by the entrance that faces Dalrymple. The Learning Center also houses the office of the Director of Academic Support Services.
HOW: Tutors are available during regularly scheduled blocks of time as indicated on the Writer’s Block Schedule posted at various places around campus. To receive tutorial support for writing, students may either drop by the Writer’s Block during available hours or sign up for a specific slot of time with a specific tutor. The sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board just outside the Writer’s Block. Signing up ahead of time is encouraged as the tutors frequently become very busy. On the other hand, dropping in has its advantages.
HOW OFTEN: As a general rule, students may sign up/drop in for one half-hour session a day.. Of course, if a tutor is not busy during the remaining block of scheduled time, a session may be extended into that time. Currently, students may sign up or drop in for as many sessions a week as desired; however, in times of high demand, limits may be set and will be posted on the Writer's Block bulletin board.
WHO: Any enrolled student may make use of the tutoring available in the Writer’s Block.
TUTORS: Writer’s Block tutors are selected by the Writing faculty and the Director of Academic Support Services. In order to qualify for consideration, a student must have taken and completed two prerequisite courses: "Element of Style" and "Writing and the Teaching of Writing."
CLEAR WRITING REQUIREMENT:
The Writer’s Block is an excellent place to get help with your writing as you work toward developing your Clear Writing portfolio. Generally, it is much more useful to get regular and consistent feedback on your writing than to seek such support at the last minute. So see a tutor early in the process and make follow-up appointments as necessary. And keep in mind that Writer’s Block tutors have been through all this themselves.
For more information regarding the Writer’s Block and the writing tutoring available in it, please feel free to contact the Director of Academic Support Services or track down one of the tutors.
If you are concerned that difficulties encountered in the writing process are or may be related to a learning disability or other learning differences, don’t hesitate to contact the Director of Academic Support Services to discuss your concern and pursue reasonable support for writing strategies and skills development.
Writing Tutor: Hailey Mount
Year: Senior 1
Academic Interests: I originally came to Marlboro for writing and still love that, but now I study plant biology and environmental ethics focusing on invasive species, ecological restoration, and different ways of knowing. In general though, I'm interested in most topics.
Community Involvement: I was a Resident Assistant for a year and organized a bunch of events and things on/off campus. I've also been a Peer Adviser, given a few presentations, and I'm a member of the Consent Calvary.
Advice for Students: Give it the 'ol college try!
Writing Tutor: Tristan Rolfe
Year: Senior 2
Academic Interests: Tristan is a literature/classics student with an interest in postmodern media and their relationships to classical works. He loves to read and learn, so feel free to bring him papers from other fields
Favorite Marlboro class: Writing and the Teaching of Writing, because it brought me here :)
Community Involvement: Saved a chipmunk from drowning once
Advice for Students (esp. regarding writing): Let your first drafts be rough and full of ideas you find interesting, even if you don't feel like they make sense. Don't worry about editing or critique until your second draft. Finally, keep in mind that the Writer's Block is here to help at any phase of the writing process, especially if you're not sure which phase you're in!
Writing Tutor: Anna M.
Year: Junior 1
Academic Interests: Literature and writing, creative writing, and the political / philosophical writings of Spinoza.
Favorite Marlboro class: What Will Suffice: American Literature in the 20th Century with John Sheehy, in which you read ten of the saddest novels ever written.
Community Involvement: Selectboard member from May 2018 to May 2019
Advice Students: I find that whenever I'm stuck in my writing process, the problem is almost always alleviated by reading, talking, or moving. Making time to read more about the topic, talking about it to someone (or even just out loud to myself), and going for long walks are all my go-to methods for calming myself down and regaining clarity.
Academic Peer Coach: Janelle K.
Year: Senior 1
Academic Interests: I am currently studying psychology and religious studies with a focus on the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and child psychology. I also have an interest in criminal youth justice and visual arts.
Favorite Marlboro class: My favorite Marlboro class was "An Introduction to Quranic and Classical Arabic" with the Arabic Fellow, Ahmed Hassanein. This class was a two-person class that gave a wonderful introduction to Quranic Arabic as well as learning about different cultures.
Community Involvement: I have been a Bridges Leader twice. I co-led a trip called "Stuff N' Things: An Outdoor Sampler," two years ago as well as a caving trip called "The Land Down Under" this past fall. I have also been a Peer Advisor and the student representative of the Committee of The First Two Years.
Advice Students: Marlboro is small, if you feel like it's too small remember we have acres and acres of forest surrounding us, and countless trees, moss pillows, rocks, and paths. These places are wonderful and are always help me escape if I feel stuck on the Hill. Go for a walk and find a sit spot!