Composition Tutorial

Welcome to Composition Tutorial or CT (ENGCMP 0201). CT is a series of once-a-week tutorial sessions designed to help you with your assignments in Seminar in Composition (SC). It is a one-credit course of study that is only available to students who are also registered for Seminar in Composition or Freshman Seminar (ENGCMP 0200, 0203, 0205, 0207, 0208, 0212 or FP 0003 or 0006). SC and CT are taken together in the same semester. The grading for CT is satisfactory/no credit (S/NC). This grade is separate from the grade you receive for completing Seminar in Composition.

CT is taught by faculty consultants in the Writing Center—often by faculty who also teach writing courses in the English Department. Once you are on the Writing Center schedule and have been matched with a consultant, the consultant will contact you to introduce themselves and tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your first session. The content and nature of the sessions will be determined by your specific needs. These sessions will be most productive if you have a good idea of what you want and need to work on that week. Be prepared to take an active role in your session.

CT sessions will be in person this semester. You will meet with the consultant that has been assigned to you on the third floor of the O’Hara Student Center once a week throughout the semester. You will meet on the same day and at the same time every week. These weekly sessions are 25 minutes long. Since these sessions are short, it is very important that you show up on time, prepared, and with all the materials you need.  

Be sure to bring your laptop or other word-processing/computing device to your sessions or paper copies of your course materials and a notebook to write in. You will need to have access to your course materials at every session, including your schedule of assignments, course description, assigned readings, paper prompts, etc. You and your consultant will need to look at these materials to discuss any upcoming assignments.   

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is essential and being prepared to work on your writing is crucial. If you must be absent, you are responsible for cancelling your appointment ahead of time and for scheduling a makeup session in the Writing Center with your consultant. Students who don’t show up for appointments will lose their standing CT appointment and their ability to make appointments. After that, they will have to drop in to see if a consultant is available. Attendance policies will be discussed at your first appointment.

  • Generally, more than 3 absences by the end of the semester results in no-credit, and make-up sessions must be scheduled in a timely manner.
  • Please arrive promptly; your consultant has the right to cancel the session if you are more than 10 minutes late.    

The Writing Center is committed to affirming and supporting diverse perspectives, identities, and abilities, and to providing a safe environment for all students who choose to use our services.

The Writing Center follows University health guidelines; please see coronavirus.pitt.edu for the latest updates and masking protocols. 

If you have a disability that requires extra support, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services, 140 William Pitt Union at 412-648-7890 or at www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/drs/ as early as possible for assistance in achieving your academic goals.