BecomeAPeerTutor

The Peer Writing Consultant Program is an excellent way for undergraduate students from across the University to get involved in consulting their peers in written communication. 

The application deadline for Fall 2014 has passed. Check back in October for the Winter 2015 application and application deadline.

How Do I Become a Peer Writing Consultant at Sweetland?

While consultants typically enjoy writing, they also enjoy working with people and find the program an important experience once they enter the job market or go to graduate school. Some want hands-on experience with writing and working in networked environments.

First, you would be nominated for the program by an instructor who is familiar with your writing and interpersonal skills. To earn a nomination, students should demonstrate a strong command of the English language through their writing and verbal communication skills. If you haven't been nominated you may nominate yourself by requesting a confidential letter of recommendation from an instructor who is familiar with your writing and interpersonal skills. Ask the instructor to send this letter directly to ptmilestones@umich.edu.

Once you are nominated, you will be invited to apply to WRITING 300: Seminar in Peer Writing Consulting. Applications are requested in both Fall and Winter semesters and reviewed by Sweetland's Peer Writing Consultant Program Committee. Enrollment in the Peer Writing Consultant Program is by application only. The application includes writing an essay and submitting an academic writing sample from a University of Michigan course. 

If you are accepted to WRITING 300 and excel in all aspects of it, and we have programmatic need for new tutors, you will be invited to join the Peer Writing Consultant Program. At this point, you would enroll in WRITING 301: Directed Peer Writing Consulting. Upon successful completion of 301, you may be invited to join our staff as a paid consultant. As a member of the staff, you’d attend staff meetings and tutor for pay for a total of roughly 5-10 hours per week.

Submitting Your Application

The application deadline for the Fall 2014 has passed. Check back in October for the Winter 2015 application and application deadline..

  1. Go to https://ctools.umich.edu/ and log in.
  2. Click on “Membership” in the sidebar, and then click on “Joinable Sites” at the top.
  3. In the search bar, search for “Sweetland PWC Program.” In the worksite list, the recruitment site should populate. Click on “join” under the site name.
  4. Click on “Drop Box” in the sidebar, and in the “Add” drop-down menu, click “Upload Files.” Upload your application materials:
    • your peer tutor application form as a single .pdf file, named according to these conventions: “Lastname_Firstname_PTapF14”; and
    • a PDF of your unofficial transcript (see instructions above).

 

Opportunities for Employment

Outstanding consultants who have completed the required courses may be selected to provide consultations for pay during future terms.

In addition, the Sweetland Center for Writing hires two graduating undergraduates who have completed one of the following: the Sweetland Peer Writing Consultant Program or the Sweetland Minor in Writing to work as paid interns from mid-May through mid-August. Interns work 15-20 hours per week between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Interns will work closely with each other and Sweetland staff and faculty on several writing center initiatives. Click here for more information on Sweetland Summer Internships for Graduating Peer Writing Consultants.