BYU-Idaho students can go to the Writing Center to get their work reviewed.
“The tutors who work here are all students, and they teach fellow students how to write in APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian styles,” said Mikayla Rivera, a writing tutor and a sophomore studying English education.
According to the Writing Center web page, tutors also help students with writing projects ranging from resumes to letters of introduction for grad school applications.
Rivera said that the number of students meeting with writing tutors has increased this semester.
Rivera said that the increase in popularity is because teachers are requiring students to get their work reviewed.
Rivera said students of all majors go to the writing center. This is partially because BYU-I requires its students take English foundations and advanced writing classes. One student said APA style is used for more than just English papers.
“I come to get my nursing homework checked for APA style,” said Mallory Miner, a senior studying nursing. “It definitely helps me get better grades.”
Keindrick Willis, a sophomore studying math education, said he requested a tutor so he could learn to better express himself.
“I didn’t care much for writing until I started writing about what I’m passionate about,” Willis said. “I wanted get my point across and take something I love and cherish I can put in a paper.”
“At first, students may think we are just editors who find all of their mistakes,” Rivera said. “What we are really trying to do is teach them not to make them anymore. We want students to leave better writers than when they came.”
Rivera said many of the tutors at the Writing Center are aspiring teachers and get first-hand experience in assisting people in the writing process.
“The greatest feeling about getting my paper checked is knowing I did everything I could to make it good,” Miner said. “I can feel assured I’ll do better than if I didn’t review it with a tutor.”
Rivera said that if the tutors are too busy to meet with all the students they are scheduled to help, students can request to meet with them on Saturdays.
According to the Writing Center web page, students can make appointments online through TutorTrac. Walk-ins are also accepted 9:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Students should bring hard copies of their assignments, have time for a thirty minute study session and be willing to make changes, according to the Writing Center web page.
The Writing Center is located on the second floor of the David O. McKay Library.