Tutorial Self-Evaluative Postscript

You're almost done! Your final task is to write a "postscript" to your portfolio, in which you talk about why, based on this final assignment and your progress this semester, you think you are (or are not) ready to register for CO150.

Purpose: To make an argument for why you feel you are (or are not) ready to register for CO150, using evidence from your experiences this semester and the papers you've written.

Audience: The Director of the Writing Center. Be sure to think about what this person's expectations are likely to be. Why might s/he want you to answer this particular question? What kinds of things will you need to show? What kind of development will this person expect?

You're also, though, answering this question for yourself. It might be a good idea to do some prewriting for this essay, like you did for Narrative 1. This may help you recognize all that you've learned in the tutorial & how your writing has changed, in addition to helping you gather your thoughts for the essay itself.

The goals are either to show the Writing Center Director that you're now ready to take CO150 (and be successful), or to make a case for why you feel you should be permitted to repeat the tutorial for one more semester. In either case, you'll want to provide a clear focus (thesis statement) and develop your thoughts with examples from your experience in the tutorial and the essays you've written. If it's appropriate, you might compare/contrast your writing at the beginning of the semester with your writing now.

If you're having trouble getting started, by all means use the resources in this packet, including the section on "Writing Under Time-Pressure." You might also discuss your ideas with a friend, roommate or relative. Try to write a draft early in the week, so you will have time to take a break and have someone else give you feedback before you hand it in.