Be a tutor

February 18, 2015

Dear Applicant,

We’re delighted you’re interested in becoming a Writing Center undergraduate tutor. We welcome undergraduate applications from all years, majors, and schools. After this letter, you’ll find the four parts to our application.

What does a tutor do, exactly?

If you’re unsure about whether or not this job is for you:

  • Read about us on our site:
  • Visit the Writing Center (217a Lauinger) to get feedback on your own writing
  • Talk with current tutors about what we do

Being a tutor can be tremendously satisfying. Yet it requires a significant time commitment, including a four-credit fall semester seminar, “Approaches to English Composition.” So please consider your other academic and extracurricular activities carefully before applying.

Application timeline:

  • Please submit Parts 1, 2, and 3 of your application as a single PDF file to
  • Please email the letter in Part 4 to your faculty reference as soon as possible.
  • We must receive all application material, including your faculty reference, by 5:00pm Friday, March 20 (that’s the Friday after we return from Spring Break).
  • We’ll then invite some applicants to interview in late March.
  • We’ll make final selections and notify next year’s tutors the week after Easter break.

Do not hesitate to contact us at with any questions.


David Lipscomb
Georgetown University Writing Center







Georgetown University Writing Center

Undergraduate Tutor Application, 2015-16


Please submit parts 1, 2, and 3 as a single PDF file to


Part 1: Basic Information

  • Name:
  • Email address and cell phone:
  • Graduating class (2016, 2017 or 2018):
  • School, major(s), and minor(s):
  • Work-study status (we give preference to work-study students, but it’s not required):
  • First language:
  • Foreign languages and fluency level (beginner, intermediate, native):
  • Faculty recommender:

Part 2: Personal Statement

Why do you want to be a Writing Center tutor and why might you make a good tutor (500 words max)?

Part 3: Writing Sample and Reflection

  • Include a copy of an essay or excerpt from a longer essay (roughly three to six pages) that you have written for a class at Georgetown.
  • Then briefly tell us what you remember about how you wrote it, especially how the   writing process you used in this instance relates to what you’ve learned more generally about the approaches to pre-writing (brainstorming, planning), drafting, revising and final editing that work best for you (250 words max).

Part 4: Faculty Recommendation Request

Please copy this note and e-mail it to your faculty recommender.


Dear Professor:

(Your name) _______ is applying to become a peer tutor in the Georgetown University Writing Center and has named you a reference. So please email a brief recommendation to by Friday, March 20, including:

  • How you know the applicant
  • Your assessment of his or her writing (including organization, style, and mechanics); tutoring potential (ability to listen, interest in discussing the work of other students, patience, flexibility); and responsibility (meeting deadlines and other obligations)

Please know how grateful­­ we are—your letter is crucial to our selection process.

Thank you.

David Lipscomb
Interim Director
Georgetown University Writing Center