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This is the 5th edition with a publication date of 12/24/2009.
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With more activities and exercises than ever before, this fifth edition ofThe Bedford Guide for Writing Tutorsprovides a concise and practical introduction to tutoring. Its nine chapters provide principles and strategies for working with diverse writers and assignments in a variety of contexts: college or high school, online or face-to-face, in the writing center and beyond. Visit the companion Web site forThe Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition ( to find additional tools for tutors and writers including handouts on common writing, grammar, and punctuation problems; documentation help; links to tutoring resources; and an annotated bibliography.

Table of Contents

Preface for Writing Center Directorsp. iii
Introduction for Tutorsp. vii
The Writing Center as a Workplacep. 1
Professionalism toward the Writerp. 1
Professionalism toward Other Tutorsp. 2
Professionalism toward Teachersp. 3
Exercises For Getting Startedp. 4
Keeping a Personal Tutoring Journalp. 4
Participating in Discussion Forumsp. 5
Learning about Writing Center Historyp. 5
The Writing Processp. 6
A General Guide to Stages of the Writing Processp. 8
Prewritingp. 8
Writingp. 9
Revising and Editingp. 9
Stages of the Writing Processp. 10
Exercises For Exploring The Writing Processp. 11
Comparing Writing Guides and Handbooksp. 11
Teaching Writingp. 11
Talking about the Writing Processp. 12
Talking about the Writing Process at Your Schoolp. 13
Exercises For Reflecting On Your Writing Processp. 13
Reflecting on Writingp. 14
Sharing Your Writing Processp. 15
Reflecting on Being Tutoredp. 16
Inside the Tutoring Sessionp. 17
Getting Startedp. 17
Setting the Agendap. 19
Three Effective,, Powerful Toolsp. 21
Active Listeningp. 22
A Note about Asking Questionsp. 24
Facilitatingp. 24
Silence and Wait Timep. 27
Wrapping Up a Sessionp. 28
The Many Hats Tutors Wearp. 28
The Allyp. 28
The Coachp. 29
The Commentatorp. 29
The Collaboratorp. 29
The Writing "Expert"p. 30
The Learnerp. 30
The Counselorp. 31
When Is a Tutor Not a Tutor?p. 31
Exercises For Exploring The Roles Tutors Playp. 32
Exploring Tutors' Rolesp. 32
Observing Tutors' and Writers' Body Languagep. 32
Observing Tutoring Sessionsp. 32
Exercises For Practicing Tutoring Techniquesp. 32
Roie-Piaying the Tutoring Sessionp. 33
Tutor Observation Sheetp. 34
Role-Playing Tutor Strategies in the Prewriting Stagep. 38
Helping Writers throughout the Writing Processp. 41
Prewritingp. 41
Finding and Exploring a Topicp. 41
Planning to Writep. 45
Working with a Text at a Computerp. 46
Writing, Revising, and Editingp. 48
Making Global Revisionsp. 48
Saving Multiple Draftsp. 51
Making Sentence-Level Revisionsp. 51
Editing for Grammar, Punctuation, and Mechanicsp. 52
Using a Handbookp. 54
Coping with the Long Paperp. 54
Exercises For Using Writing Referencesp. 56
Exploring Prewriting Strategiesp. 56
Developing a Handoutp. 56
Working with Handbooks and Other Referencesp. 56
The Writers You Tutorp. 58
Learning Stylesp. 59
Some Helpful Strategiesp. 60
Student Concernsp. 61
The Writer with Writing Anxietyp. 61
The Writer with Basic Writing Skillsp. 63
The Second Language Writerp. 65
The Writer with a Learning Disabilityp. 70
The Adult Learnerp. 71
Exercises For Reflecting On Tutoring Situationsp. 72
Reflecting on Writers' Concernsp. 72
Reflecting on Your Own Writing Concernsp. 73
Reflecting on Tutoring Techniquesp. 73
Learning from Scholarly Articlesp. 73
Learning from Studentsp. 73
Tutoring in a Digital Agep. 74
Online Tutoringp. 74
Synchronous Tutoringp. 75
Asynchronous Tutoringp. 76
Stock Response for Constructing Paragraphsp. 79
Online Writing Resourcesp. 81
Online Writing Labsp. 81
Online Writing Guides and Handbooksp. 81
Online Videosp. 82
Helping Writers Evaluate Online Sourcesp. 82
Exercises For Tutoring In A Digital Agep. 85
p. 85
Standardized Templatep. 86
The Challenges of Online Tutoringp. 85
Creating Stock Responsesp. 85
Helping Writers across the Curriculump. 87
Research Papersp. 87
Lab Reports and Scientific Papersp. 88
Argument or Position Papersp. 90
Literature Papersp. 90
Book, Film, and Play Reviewsp. 91
PowerPoint Presentationsp. 92
Résumés (Traditional)p. 93
Résumés (Scannable)p. 95
Cover Lettersp. 96
Essays of Applicationp. 97
Coping with Different Tutoring Situationsp. 99
The Writer Who Comes at the Last Minutep. 99
The Unresponsive Writerp. 100
The Antagonistic Writerp. 101
The Writer Who Selects an Inappropriate Topic or Uses Offensive Languagep. 102
The Writer Who Plagiarizesp. 102
The Writer with the "Perfect" Paperp. 105
The Writer with the Long Paperp. 105
Exercises For Coping With Different Tutoring Situationsp. 106
Role-Playing Different Tutoring Situationsp. 106
Reflecting on Different Tutoring Situationsp. 110
Summing It All Upp. 111
Exercises For Developing Your Philosophy of Tutoringp. 112
Reflecting on Your Tutoringp. 112
Creating a Metaphor for Tutoringp. 113
Tutors Askŕp. 115
Tutors Talk: Evaluating What They Sayp. 119
Presenting at a Conferencep. 121
Outside Tutoring and Editing Jobsp. 124
Indexp. 127
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