Campus Writing Center

Faculty Resources at the Writing Center

How to Read Tutor Logs

After each tutoring session, Writing Center tutors complete a two-sided Tutor Log, indicating topics covered with the student. Unless a student requests that we keep the log private, we will send you a copy through interoffice mail so you know your students attended the Campus Writing Center .


The front of the log form


The tutor will check the box in the right hand corner to indicate if the student was a “Walk In,” which means an appointment was not made beforehand. Sometimes, if multiple students would like to work on the same assignment, they could be tutored as a “Paired/Group.” The “Referrals” section above is only used when you refer students using the Starfish database; your comments about particular areas to improve upon will show up here.

The assignment guidelines 

 Every Tutor Log will specify whether the student brought the assignment guidelines to the tutoring session (assignment sheet, syllabus, etc). It is always preferable for the student to present the original assignment from the instructor, so the tutor knows exactly what the professor expects.

Next, the tutor writes a brief description of the assignment followed by the areas in which the student wanted to focus (such as “thesis statement, outline, and introduction paragraph”).

Brief Description

The tutor is expected to discuss the student-centered strategies that were used during the session. Some examples may include “Having the student read the paper aloud” or “Reviewing comma splice worksheet together.”

Finally, the tutor will discuss what the student was able to complete during the session. Sometimes, while the student may not have developed much written content during the session, she or he will have accomplished a greater understanding of the assignment or a clearer idea of the professor’s expectations.


A tutor will check as many boxes that apply to the session.

Speednotes to the session - top

These sections pertain to what kind of assignment was discussed, if a CWC laptop was used, and which skills were emphasized.

Speednotes to the session - bottom

Lastly, the tutor will check as many boxes that apply to the specific skills that were used during the session, as well as what the student accomplished. The boxes provide the specifics that both the professor and the CWC use to narrow down how time in each session is being utilized.


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