We are thrilled when faculty recommend the Writing Center to their students, and we do our best to help them. In case you are not familiar with our services, here is a description of a typical session:
- The tutor greets the student and inquires about the class, the instructor, and the assignment. The tutor reads the assignment sheet if possible.
- The tutor asks the student what issues or questions are a priority to him or her.
- The tutor addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the essay from global to local issues. Global issues include the topic, overall argument, and organization of the essay. Local issues include documentation, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation.
- The tutor and student discuss revision strategies and goals to address the areas for improvement.
The Writing Center is happy to offer many services for faculty who assign writing in their classes.
Classroom drop-in visits
A Writing Center tutor will happily visit your class and give a 5- to 10-minute description of our services. If you wish, we can bring our appointment book for students who wish to make an appointment. We will work around your schedule; let us know what is convenient to you.
In an assignment consultation, one of the Writing Center instructors will review your writing assignment instructions and provide suggestions to make your assignment more clear, comprehensive, and effective. We will also review rubrics, handouts, and any other component of the writing assignments you use in your classes.
If you feel your students would benefit from a refresher workshop on APA, Chicago, or MLA style as they begin a research project, we will plan and conduct one or two sessions for your students outside of your normal class time. We have offered out-of-class Chicago workshops for two semesters now, and the feedback from the instructor and the students has been positive.
Student visit verification
If you would like notice when your students visit the Writing Center, please contact us to discuss various options for verifying students' attendance. You may wish to require a session or offer students extra credit for visiting; we can provide verification when they do. We have a lot of ideas for incentivizing and encouraging visits to the Writing Center that we will be happy to share with you.
We have several dozen handouts on topics such as the parts of an essay, grammar and punctuation, documentation of sources, writing an annotated bibliography, and writing essay exams and short-answer essay questions. Rather than creating a handout from scratch, you can modify one of ours. The handouts are available in the Center and in the Student Share (s:/) Writing Center folder.
Posters for Blackboard, classrooms, and office doors
We have posters advertising the Writing Center that you can post to Blackboard, hang on your office door, or display in your classroom. We also have bookmark-style and business card-style publicity materials that you can distribute to your students.
We have developed a statement that you can copy or modify for inclusion in your syllabus, essay assignments, or other course documents.
Interested in any of these services? Is there any other way we can assist you in your efforts to promote writing in your classroom? Contact the Writing Center director.