The Writing Center: Offering a New Perspective to Students

The semester is wrapping up, and we are all scrambling to get our final papers and projects done. If you’re low on energy and need a pair of fresh eyes to help, the Writing Center is just the place to go.

Jayde Bertoch, a chemistry major from Roosevelt, UT, has been working at the Writing Center for almost four years. After taking ENGL 2010, the director of the Writing Center, Julia Combs, convinced Bertoch to become a tutor.

He’s stuck around for awhile now, so if anyone knows how beneficial the Writing Center can be, it’s him.

“For me personally, I think writing is hard, so it’s easier to write something if you talk through it with someone. If you’re out of ideas, we can help with that. Even if you feel like you have a good start, it’s good to have another set of eyes to go over it with you, especially with someone that’s trained to do so,” Bertoch said.

The Writing Center has about 30 tutors, and they all have gone through extensive training to be able to work there. Bertoch explained that he first had to take a class to learn about theory and tutoring. 

The training didn’t stop there. Every month, the staff has a meeting in which student directors talk about something students have been struggling with so that they can further help those that come in for appointments. 

“We also have faculty members come in and talk about projects they’ll be assigning so that we are aware of what students are working on.”

Bertoch said they have been trained on how to ask good questions that will get students talking, how to help them come up with their own answers, and even how to help students set goals at the end of the sessions. 

Tutors are available Monday-Friday from 8-5 p.m. in the writing center. From 5-9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and from 11-3 p.m. on Saturdays, tutors are accessible at the library on the first floor by the printers. 

To set up an appointment with a tutor, simply go to the writing center and do it in person, call (435)-865-8176, or click here

Have any papers you have finished up and are proud of? Submit your work in the writing contest the Writing Center is currently hosting. The Scriblerian is accepting submissions until Friday, the 15, at midnight. To enter your writing for a chance to win a bookstore gift card and read your work at an awards ceremony, click here

In celebration of the semester coming to a close, the Writing Center will also be hosting Pizza for Papers, an event in which all are welcome to come and meet with a tutor, write papers together, and eat some pizza. This will be held on Friday, the 22, from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. 


Story by: Elizabeth Armstrong
Photo by: Jayde Bertoch