Home Base Mentoring Program

Welcome to the Home Base Mentoring Program.  This program provides philosophy writing support to students currently enrolled in 100 or 200 level philosophy courses.  Students are encouraged to visit the Home Base Mentors during their office hours in the Philosophy Department lounge (FND 322) to talk about philosophy writing, to work through drafts of their assignments, etc.  All mentors are Seniors and Philosophy Majors.

All 100 and 200 level philosophy classes will also require one mandatory meeting with a mentor prior to a particular assignment; your professor will let you know which assignment will require the meeting.  For this mandatory meeting, you will be asked to share a draft of the assignment with the mentor 24 hours before your meeting.  Mentors will be available in the week leading up to your deadline; a sign up for appointments will circulate closer to the date.

The Home Based mentors for AY 19-20 are:

Winnie Chen (cchen18@wellesley.edu)

Office Hours: Monday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bang Nhan (bnhan@wellesley.edu)

Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Edilia Foster (efoster3@wellesley.edu)

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:10 pm - 5:10 pm

Audrey Powers (apowers2@wellesley.edu)

Office Hours: Friday 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Please visit them in the Philosophy Department lounge (FND 322) to discuss any writing assignment throughout the term.  No appointment is needed to visit during their office hours.


Here are some Home Base Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: How can I sign up for an appointment?

A1: All appointments are made using the Home Base signup sheet, which is circulated by email to all students. If you cannot locate the email or signup sheet, let your professor know so that they can recirculate it to you.

Q2: May I contact the tutors directly?

A2: You may contact tutors using their Wellesley domain email addresses. These addresses should be readily available on your course website and/or on your syllabus. If not, please ask your professor for the information. Please only contact the tutors by email to alert them to the fact that you need to cancel an arranged appointment.

  • Please be respectful of the tutors’ down time and privacy. We ask that you do not contact them through their social media accounts or by phone or text.
  • Please do not approach them in person outside of the philosophy department (like the dining hall, the gym, etc.) to ask for help. All requests for appointments will be made by signup sheets.

Q3: If the array of tutoring times is not convenient for me, can I arrange my own one-on-one meetings with tutors?

A3: We ask that students do not request meetings outside of the scheduled meeting times offered. Out of respect for their time and their academic, personal, and other commitments, tutors will not offer their services over dinner, on the weekend, etc.

  • If tutoring times conflict with *all of your classes* please talk with your professor about arranging an alternative.

Q4: I have lots of questions! Can I sign up for multiple time slots in a tutor’s schedule today?

A4: We ask that students do not sign up for multiple appointment slots for a tutor’s daily schedule. You may sign up for a slot later in the week, or the following week. But in order to ensure that all students are able to access this resource, we request that you take no more than one slot. Please wait until *after* your first appointment before scheduling multiple appointments in advance of a deadline. Students sometimes find that they do not need multiple appointments and scheduling multiple appointments at once reduces the time slots available for all students.

Q5: Uh-oh. I’ve made an appointment and now I don’t feel like I have enough done to merit a meeting. What should I do?

A5: Go to the meeting anyway! We highly encourage you to talk with the tutors, even if you feel underprepared. They are there to help at any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming. Please do not cancel a meeting on grounds of not feeling like you have enough done; the conversation with the tutor will very likely help kick start your writing.

Q6: Something has come up and I can’t make my appointment. What should I do?

A6: Please let the tutor with whom you have the appointment know immediately by email. That way, they can free up that slot in order to make it available to other students. Please do not merely erase your name from the signup sheet; an email to the tutor is required for a cancelation. If possible, please let your tutor know you cannot attend at least 6 hours before your appointment.

Q7: There’s a tricky concept in my philosophy reading this week. Can I ask a tutor to help me understand the reading?

A7: The Home Base tutors are trained to offer philosophical writing advice only. For all content questions, please visit your professor’s office hours.      

Q8: Can I ask the tutors about stuff other than philosophical writing?

A8: Tutors are happy to share their experiences in the philosophy major, and can be good resources for questions related to the Wellesley experience more generally.