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Tutors vs Editors

Editors Tutors
Focus on the text Focus on the writer’s development and win the writer’s trust
Take ownership of the text Make sure the writer takes ownership
Proofread Start with higher-order concerns and worry about correctness last
Give advice Ask questions
Read silently Ask the writer to read aloud
Look mainly for things to improve Comment on things that are working well
Work with an ideal text Trust the writer’s idea of a text
Make corrections on the page Keep hands off and let writers make corrections; help them learn correctness
Tell writers what to do Ask them their plans for revision