International Graduate Students Socialization in Organized Tutoring Sessions at Writing Center
Ghadah Al Murshidi

The study presented herein entails the examination of academic socialization of international graduate students at a large northeastern public university. It explores how a socially organized activity by way of tutoring at the Graduate Writing Center (GWC) facilitates building respective students’ linguistic, writing, socio-cultural skills and how this process helps in their overall academic development. Preliminary finding from the study suggest that academic socialization is a challenge to students, both in terms of access to information, language and socioculturally. It was clearly observed nonetheless, that the students gained a lot from their interaction with the tutors at the GWC, thus increase their individual academic competence, development and social skills, all of which are crucial in academic endeavors.

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