Position Title: Peer Writing Coach
Term: Winter 2024
Number of Hours: Up to 20 hours per week.
The student will be paid $15 per hour.
Length of Position: 1 semester (with the possibility of continuing)
A Peer Writing Coach’s role is to work on specific questions (e.g., How can I improve my writing? What is subject-verb agreement? What are articles and where do I insert them in a sentence? What is a thesis? etc.) or parts of an assignment brought by the student. A Peer Writing Coach must commit to regularly scheduled shifts (minimum 2 hours per week) during which they will be physically located in the tutoring space inside the library, and willing to contribute to resource development if not booked by students. A Peer Writing Coach does not need to have prior knowledge of study or writing strategies, but they must be willing to learn new ones.
As a Peer Writing Coach, you will need to:
Successfully complete the online Peer Writing Coach training module
Be available in-person at the Bow Valley College downtown Calgary campus for your regularly scheduled shifts
Be aware of the use and function of APA-style documentation
Attain knowledge of the Academic Success Centre supports and suggest extra help when students need it
Meet regularly with the Writing Coaches to develop peer support skills and troubleshoot any concerns that arise
As a Peer Writing Coach, you must have the following general skills:
Interpersonal skills, including strong communication, mentoring/ coaching skills, understanding of boundaries and confidentiality, and the ability to respond to students positively
Time management skills, including reliability, punctuality, and ability to budget appointment time
Strong technology skills including use and troubleshooting of MS Teams, D2L, and resources available on the Bow Valley College website
As a Peer Writing Coach, you must commit to:
A regularly scheduled 2 hours per week (minimum) for Drop-in appointment times
Supervisory meetings scheduled during your shift
Interest in adding to your college experience by helping students develop their academic skills
Good academic standing
Ability to get a reference from an instructor which outlines your skills
Interested? Have questions? Or you would like to apply?
Please email Josh Mackenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject line: Peer Writing Coach position