Skill-of-the-Week Tutoring

" One must first know the rules of grammar to break them." -- William Strunk, Jr. in The Elements of Style

What is Skill-of-the-Week Tutoring?

Skill-of-the-Week Tutoring is a series of workshops available to students, faculty, and staff who want to review the grammar and mechanics of writing or who are required by their writing professors to do follow-up skills lessons based on the students’ diagnostic test results.

Each session consists of instruction, an interactive review or discussion of the skill, and assessment. Each session is conducted by a trained Writing Lab assistant. Sessions typically take 30 minutes to an hour.

What should I consider before signing up for a session?

  • Locate your Student Lab Work Form.  You should have received this form if you took the Lab's Diagnostic Test.  You need the form to help determine which grammar sessions you need and want (Note: You may still attend our weekly grammar sessions if you have not taken the Diagnostic Test);
  • Determine how many appointments you'll need.  You are allowed to make appointments for the current week and the following two weeks only. You can make more appointments as needed as the semester progresses;
  • Nearly all students who need to attend our weekly grammar sessions should be able to get in. During a normal week, we offer 35 grammar sessions over the course of five days. Since our Tutoring Room can seat 18 students at a time, you'll have roughly 630 opportunities each week to fill one of those seats;
  • Note that the Lab presents a different skill or pair of skills each week. Look carefully at the tutoring schedule to make sure you schedule appointments on the appropriate weeks; 
  • The only opportunity to make up missed sessions is to attend our Grammar Live @ 5! online sessions.  These online sessions typically take place only on Mondays, and they typically begin at 5:00 p.m.  

How do I schedule a Skill-of-the-Week Tutoring appointment?

  • Either call or visit the Main Writing Lab;
  • Make sure you have the following to expedite the scheduling process:
    • your UWF Gmail address, and
    • the names of the specific grammar sessions you want to attend;
  • Check your e-mail for messages confirming your appointments.

How should I prepare for a session?

  • Review the grammar rules. The grammar session will not last longer than an hour, and there will be other students in the room. Just as with any class, the sessions will be more productive if students review the appropriate materials beforehand and come to the grammar sessions with questions.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, contact the appropriate Lab office at least twenty-four hours in advance. If you need to cancel your appointment while the Lab is closed, you may either call and leave a voicemail message or e-mail us.  Please give us your name, and the date and time of your appointment.

What do I need to know before the session begins?

  • Be early. Under no circumstances will late students be allowed in the room -- late students will disrupt a session;
  • Upon arrival, ask the Lab assistant in the Tutoring Room if you can enter -- he or she may not be ready for students to enter.  If the Lab assistant would like you to wait, please do so in the hallway outside of the Tutoring Room until the Lab assistant announces that students with appointments may enter the room;
  • Bring a pen or a pencil;
  • Bring a copy of your Lab Work Form if you have one;
  • You may not use a smartphone, a laptop, a tablet, or any other electronic device during the session unless you have been granted accommodations by the Student Disability Resource Center.

What happens during the Skill-of-the-Week session?

  • Each session will last no longer than one hour, so be prepared to participate and be present for the entire hour;
  • A Lab assistant will work with you on a single skill. Our Lab assistants are well trained, but they have different personalities and teaching styles and we encourage creativity, so expect different types of activities depending on which assistant is on duty when you are present;
  • You will be asked to complete a worksheet that reviews the respective grammar rules, but the Lab assistants evaluate your performance in these sessions only as "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory." The Lab assistants will grade your worksheet as Unsatisfactory only if you
    • sleep,
    • use a prohibited electronic device,
    • consume food,
    • are absent for part of the session, or
    • are otherwise disruptive or not engaged during the session.
  • You will be asked to hand your worksheet to the Lab assistant after the session ends. We use the worksheets to track and verify your attendance. 

What happens after the session?

  • We document your attendance on the Class Lab Work Form. Your professor will receive a completed Class Lab Work Form near the end of the semester;
  • You should continue to review grammar rules since you might not remember everything that was reviewed during the session.
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