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WCCP: Survey

REMINDER! Do not include your name on this survey. Do not answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable. This survey will not affect your tutoring status in any way.

Today’s Date:

What is your age?

What is your gender?

When do you expect to graduate?

What are (were) your majors?

What career do you plan to pursue after graduation? If you plan to pursue graduate school, what will be your program of study and institution?

How many semesters or terms did you tutor at the Writing Center?

Did you take a credit-bearing tutor training course?  Yes      No

What other forms of tutor development did you participate in? (Please check all that apply.)

___ none

___ regular staff meetings

___ regional or national conferences

___ summer workshops

___ social events

___ other (please specify)

Reflections on Your Tutoring Experience (Open-ended)

  1. What are the most significant abilities, values, or skills that you developed in your work as a peer writing tutor? Please list them.
  2. Of the abilities, values, or skills that you listed above, would you illustrate those that strike you as most meaningful by sharing an episode or even that took place during your time as a tutor or a trainee?
  3. Do these abilities, values, or skills that you are developing as a peer tutor see to be a factor in your choice of job or graduate work? Would you elaborate?

Reflections on your Tutoring Qualities and Skills (Respond and Rate)

  1. Do the qualities gained from tutoring play a role in your interviewing process, in the hiring process, or in acceptance to graduate school? How did you come to that conclusion?
  2. Would you rate the importance of your training and/or experience as a tutor in the interviewing or hiring process for your first job?
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Very important Not important
  1.  In your future occupation(s), will you use the qualities you developed as a writing tutor, if at all? Will you elaborate? Give an example?
  2. Would you rank the importance for your future occupation of the skills, qualities, or values you developed as a tutor?
5 4 3 2 1
Very important Not important
  1. What have learned from working with the writing of others? Please elaborate or provide an example.
  2. Would you rank the importance for your future occupation of the skills, qualities, or values you gained from working with others’ writing?
5 4 3 2 1
Very important Not important

Reflections on Your Tutoring Experience (Rate)

  1. Would you please rate the importance of your writing center/writing fellow training and experience as you developed as a university student?
5 4 3 2 1
Very important Not important
  1. Would you please rate the importance of your writing center/writing fellow training and experience as you developed as a future professional?
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Very important Not important

WCCP: Survey Cover Letter

Greetings from Towson University!

Purpose

I am emailing you because your Writing Center director informed me that you are an undergraduate tutor who has a minimum of one semester tutoring experience. If this is not the case, please disregard this email.

Introduction

I am a graduate student in the Professional Writing Program at Towson University. While pursuing my undergraduate degree at York College of Pennsylvania, I was a peer writing tutor just like you. Currently, I serve as the graduate student board representative for the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association (MAWCA).

This year, my love of writing centers and collaborative learning has culminated into a formal research project that is going to look at the long and short-term effects of being a peer tutor in college. This study is an extension of The Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project (more information can be found here: http://www.writing.wisc.edu/pwtarp/) and will assess the transferable job skills gained from the peer tutoring experience.

I plan to present this research at the 2014 MAWCA conference. I encourage you to come to the conference, which will be held at Salisbury University on April 4-5, 2014.

I will also be writing a report intended for publication that will summarize the survey’s findings. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the paper, please let me know.

How can YOU help?

I am hoping you will take time out of your busy schedule to participate in this important study. Except for your time and trouble, there are no foreseeable risks in participating in the research. The amount of time it will take will vary on your answers and experience.

I trust that the enclosed survey will provide a useful opportunity for you to reflect on your time as a tutor and as a student. Please be honest. What I’m looking for are thoughtful, candid, and detailed reflections on your experience. I know your response will be of great significance to the writing center community.

By responding to the survey and returning it to me, you are, in effect, giving me your consent to use your response as outlined above.

You are not required to complete or to sign the survey or to answer anything that might make you uncomfortable. Your status as a tutor will be in no way affected by your choice to participate or not. The responses will be coded to the master list of peer writing tutors, and should I quote you in any form, I will not use your name and will seek your permission first.

On board? Great! Here’s what to do next.
  1. Fill out the attached the survey as a Word document. Do not include your name anywhere on the completed survey!
  2. Create an email with the subject line: Peer Tutoring Survey Response
  3. Attach your completed survey and hit send.
  4. Save yourself some time. Do not include your name or a message in the email you send to me.

The last day I will accept surveys is Sunday, November 24, 2013. Please return the completed survey to me by that date to ensure your response will be part of the study.

If you have any questions about the project, you can reach me at 717-818-0861 or Cheryl Brown, my faculty sponsor at 410-704-2258 or the Chairperson of the Towson IRB at 410-704-2236.