Appointments can be made here.
What We Do
Our mission is to help students at all levels of writing build skills to become more confident and effective writers in any context that requires clear, concise, and direct writing. We are collaborative and aim to have a long-term impact.
The Philosophy Writing Center is a unique, FREE resource for students wanting to improve their philosophical writing. Our aim is to help students build skills needed to become confident and effective writers. We offer one-on-one tutoring sessions. Students can bring in any kind of writing—reflection papers, short or long essays, summaries, commentaries, formal arguments, graduate school application materials, etc.—for any class or project. Or, students can schedule a tutoring-session to work on specific writing skills independent of any particular assignment.
We work with students at all writing levels, from beginning to advanced, and are happy to help with any stage or skill of writing, from brainstorming to final revisions. Our tutors have additional training in working with English Language Learners (ELL students), and we are especially committed to supporting students from underrepresented social backgrounds.
How to Make the Most of Your Session
Consultation sessions are 40 minutes and take place in Savery 362. Appointments can be made here.
- Come early in the semester and come often. Students can get much more out of the writing center by building an ongoing relationship with tutors.
- Have at least some sense of what part of the writing process you want to focus on—i.e. brainstorming, organization, revising, etc.
- We can best help you with your writing when you have a good understanding of the material that you are writing about. If you are not feeling confident with the content of the course, stop by your instructor's or TA's office hours before you come to your session.
- Plan time for revision. We are happy to work with you at any time, but having time to reflect, revise, and ask follow up questions can be particular helpful,
Who are we?
Our tutors are undergraduate philosophy majors with special training in tutoring. They have a great diversity and depth of writing experience and are excited to work with you!
Christopher Myers is a senior undergraduate from Claremont, California pursuing a major in Philosophy, with an emphasis on Continental Philosophy. His academic interests vary within the domains of existentialism, post-structuralism, modern philosophy, literary fiction, and creative writing. He has several years experience in tutoring students with their writing, and particularly enjoys the stage of writing in which one establishes a line of inquiry and thereby confronts the imminent questions that arise from the text. In his spare time, Christopher likes to write and perform music, read books outside of course material, converse with good friends and family, and wander aimlessly through the city.
Alexander White is a junior majoring in Philosophy. He is continually fascinated by every subfield philosophy has to offer, but is particularly interested in epistemology. His favorite part of writing philosophy papers is the brainstorming phase, when he can spend his daily walk home developing and weighing arguments. In addition to his passion for philosophy, he also loves all games, whether they are video games, board games, or table sports. Alexander aspires to be a professor and hype-man for philosophy, one day being considered “the Neil deGrasse Tyson of philosophy.”
Dustin Bratten is a senior undergraduate pursuing degrees in Philosophy and Biochemistry. He is primarily interested in applied and medical ethics and metaphysics. Dustin has never been sorted into any other house than Slytherin when taking Harry Potter quizzes online, but don’t let that dissuade you from scheduling an appointment with him. He enjoys brainstorming ways to tackle difficult writing prompts and analyzing the feasibility of arguments to ensure that a final draft is a polished, convincing reflection of a writer’s strongest ideas.