Composition Tutorial

Composition Tutorial (CT or ENGCMP 0201) is a series of once-a-week tutorial sessions designed to help students with their writing 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). CT is an elective—not required—course. You may choose to take CT because you want extra support as you are writing for your SC or First-Year Seminar course. Or your SC teacher may suggest that CT could be helpful for you as a writer. 

You can add CT just like you add any other class, through the Student Center on the Pitt portal. Here is a pdf from the registrar that may help.

CT is taught by faculty consultants in the Writing Center. After an initial orientation meeting with other new CT students, you will begin your once-a-week individual sessions with your assigned CT consultant. Much of what goes on in these sessions will be determined by your specific needs as a student writer. You can expect CT to support your work on the goals of Seminar in Composition, which include: engaging in writing as a form of critical inquiry; addressing challenging questions about the consequences of your own writing; composing thoughtfully-crafted essays that position your ideas among other views; and writing with precision, nuance, and awareness of textual conventions.

You and your consultant will discuss the specific reading and writing assignments of your Seminar in Composition section, so it is important to bring your SC materials with you every week.

Again, CT is taken concurrently with Seminar in Composition (this means that you have to be registered for SC the same term you take CT). The grading for CT—based on strong attendance and active participation in the sessions—is satisfactory/no credit.    Please understand that this grade is separate from and in addition to your SC grade.


  1. ATTENDANCE.  Attendance is essential, and being prepared to work on your writing is crucial. Since CT only meets once each week, any absence is detrimental to your progress. 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 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.
  2. FOLDER.  You will also need to bring your Seminar in Composition essays and handouts to every CT meeting. Please designate a folder for this purpose; it can be your SC folder.
  3. COPIES.   Every time you turn in an assignment to your Seminar in Composition teacher, you must give a copy to your CT consultant. When you get your writing back from your Seminar in Composition teacher with comments, you should share those comments with your CT consultant as well. The essays you write for Seminar in Composition will be the focus of your work in CT.
  4. FINAL CT GRADE.  There are three key elements to passing CT: you need to attend regularly, bring your materials with you, and demonstrate that you can compose, revise, and edit satisfactory essays.  Failure to meet these requirements may result in a NO CREDIT (NC) for the course.  Your consultant will let you know how you are doing at midterm, and they will let you know--by the final session--if you have passed. Our consultants are friendly and supportive;you should feel comfortable asking about your performance at any time during the semester.


Disability Resource Services

The Writing Center is committed to making our learning space as comfortable and productive as possible for students of all identities and abilities.  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 as early as possible for assistance in achieving your academic goals.   You are also encouraged but not required to share your challenges and preferred learning styles with your consultant here at the Writing Center.   We look forward to working you. 

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