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Downtown Tutors (Zoom and Barrett Suite of Mercado, Rm 111) 

Grace Fraser (
Major: Nursing
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Fedock
Grace’s advice: Instead of trying to make this essay perfect, simply try to make it better than the last. 

Zainab Imran (
Major: Medical Studies
THE/HOI professor: Dr. Fedock
Zainab’s advice: Writing is best when it has your unique voice flowing through it. Don’t be afraid to write what you really want to say, it’ll sound much better than forcing writing that you don’t connect with.  

Tempe Tutors (Zoom and Honors Hall 240)

Ruth Beadle (
Major(s): English Literature
Minor(s): Mathematics, Art History
THE/HOI Professor: Dr. Barca
Ruth's Advice: Sometimes getting feedback from your peers and professor can be overwhelming. That is totally okay! Take a little bit of time to walk, read, reach out to friends, or stretch before taking on the rewrite. Taking care of yourself and breaking up your work into smaller parts will create a more thought-out draft.  

Avery Becker (
Major(s): Sustainability
Minor: Future of Innovation in Society
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Scott Lynch
Avery’s advice: Try to write about something that you're interested in, even if it seems like it may be a more difficult prompt or idea. It will make the writing process so much more enjoyable and rewarding!

Marie Buettner (
Major(s): Painting
Minor(s): Spanish
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Barca
Marie's advice: A first draft will not be perfect. Start by putting down whatever ideas you have, no matter how rough. You can refine and organize your ideas once you have them all in one place. If you're uncertain of where to start, having a thesis already in mind isn't necessary; instead, try starting with the evidence itself and see what ideas and patterns you can pull from your analysis of a particular passage.

Chelsea Colliat (
Major(s): English (Literature)
Minor: Music Performance and History
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Fette and Dr. Mack
Chelsea’s advice: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!” Try to find something that genuinely interests you about writing your essay. Maybe you sincerely want to know the answer to your prompt question or are intrigued by a certain idea. I’ve found that any kind of work becomes much easier and more enjoyable when I realize there is something that I genuinely want to learn from it. Be curious and creative!

Rachel Eder (
Major(s): Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, & Psychology
Minor(s): Mathematics & Anthropology
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Ingram-Waters
Rachel’s advice: Take time to brainstorm ideas and create outlines! Planning out the order of your paper can help make your ideas flow better between paragraphs, and you’ll have a better idea of what evidence to look for before you start writing your paper. Figuring out topic sentences and finding potential evidence from the text before starting to write my papers always helped me stay more organized.

Alyssa Gerkin (
Major: Justice Studies
Minors: Criminology and Criminal Justice & Global Health
THE/HOI professor: Dr. Soares
Alyssa’s advice: Recognize that writing is both a personal and collaborative process. While The Human Event provides you with resources to hone your writing skills alongside your peers, there is no one right way to write. Don't shy away from using your lived experience to shape your reading and analysis of the text. Make your writing matter to you!

Lilly Golich (
Major(s): English (Literature)
Minor: Spanish
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Van Engen
Lilly’s advice: If you're struggling to come up with a guiding argument for a paper, start by looking in the text itself. So many people start with a thesis and then pull circumstantial quotes that support their idea while ignoring anything contradictory. It's important to consider counterpoints, but your argument will be much stronger if you base it on textual evidence rather than the other way around.

Abbey Hobson (
Major(s): Politics and the Economy, Journalism and Mass Communication
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Hines
Abbey’s advice: Proofread your essays down to the last minute. Never throw in the towel too early. You can vastly improve your writing by coming back to it with fresh eyes or getting a second opinion.

Tara Rastkhiz (
Major(s): Biochemistry and Economics
Minor: Psychology
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Van Engen
Tara’s advice: If you are struggling with ideas try writing down everything that comes to mind in response to the prompt. This can give you a direction as to where you stand and finding a text that fits your ideas becomes easier.

Gordon Robertson (
Major(s): Business (Law), Political Science
Minor: Business Data Analytics
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Mina Suk
Gordon's advice: There is no "right" way to start writing. Experiment with different ways of committing ideas to paper to see what works best for you. Not everyone is able to sit down and write a full outline in one pass, so learn what intermediate steps you need to take to succeed. 

Lakshmi Sawhney (
Major(s): Political Science, History, Philosophy.
Minor: Vocal Performance
THE/HOI professor(s)  Dr. Taylor Hines.
Lakshmi's advice: Thinking while writing is completely normal! As you analyze your evidence, do not be surprised if your interpretation of the text changes. Lean into your new thought process and be open to revising your topic sentences and thesis as you write your paper. 

Hrishita Sharma (
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Minor: Spanish, Design Studies
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Hines
Hrishita's advice: Try choosing a topic that you are genuinely interested in. Your ideas will flow much better, and you'll find yourself enjoying the process. Never be afraid to reach out to a friend; we've all been there and we're here to help you!

Orchee Syed (
Major: Psychology
THE professor: Dr. Van Engen
Orchee’s Advice: No writer is great from the start. Shakespeare and Dickinson were born the same as you and me, babbling and illiterate and unable to even grasp a pen, let alone create something with it. There is only one surefire way to improve as a writer, and that is to write. A lot. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it can get you pretty damn close.

Joshua Valenzuela (
Major(s): Politics and the Economy
Minor: Theatre
THE/HOI professor(s): Dr. Michael Ostling
Joshua’s advice: Try to outline everything you write. Even if it's just a few sentences, you can still give yourself a great guide and solid framework you can use to organize and play with your ideas and content!