I often say that I would feel a lot more intelligent if I didn’t work at Fletcher, where everyone else is so smart! But as brainy as our students are, the fact is that everyone can use a little help sometimes. In addition to a generally supportive environment, there are several options that students can draw upon to maximize their academic success.
For many years now, Fletcher has offered a writing program, through which students can schedule appointments with peer tutors. The program invites students to “Make the semester less stressful by meeting with the writing tutors. Use tutoring appointments to make big papers more manageable — set personal interim deadlines with the tutors to discuss your outline, partial drafts, structure, argumentation, etc.” The program director also provides helpful worksheets on peer editing (“Swapping papers with a friend is a smart strategy because everyone’s work benefits from an editor! Plus, editing others’ papers will make you a better writer.”) and reverse outlining (“Because drafted papers often need to be restructured to be more persuasive and logical. Reverse outlining helps you take the content you’ve already created and organize it more effectively.”).
A newer support offering is Presentation Tutors. Inviting students to sign up, our Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Mary, notes, “Developing strong public speaking and presentation skills is an essential part of your Fletcher education. Whether you are preparing for a class presentation, a panel discussion, or a guest lecture, your ability to express yourself clearly and articulately will be vital to your success.” The Presentation Tutors program provides one-to-one support for students who would like to:
- Create, practice or polish an oral presentation
- Learn techniques to strengthen their personal speaking style (body and voice)
- Learn how to use PowerPoint effectively in presentations
- Overcome fears, gain personal confidence, and develop a smooth, polished speaking style
Ultimately, success at Fletcher depends on good preparation and command of course material, but the opportunity to find help when needed in writing or presentations is of great value for our diverse community of students.