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What happens during a Writing Center session?
We begin the session by sitting down and reading the document together, but each consultation varies depending on what you want to work on. From brainstorming to polishing manuscripts, no matter the writing assignment, we can help.
What should I bring with me to Writing Center session?
You should bring: (1) A print or electronic copy (on a laptop, we do not have computers to use) of your writing. If you haven’t written anything yet, but would like help brainstorming, we are happy to assist you with that part of the process. (2) The assignment sheet. This is a critical part of the session because consultants need to be able to help you complete the specific prompt. (3) Your instructor’s full name and email address if you plan to ask for an Instructor Letter.
How much time should I allow for visiting the Writing Center as part of my writing process?
It is important that you plan your Writing Center visits in advance. You should be aware that while we have multiple locations open at various hours, there are times in the semester when we are busier and have fewer (sometimes no) open appointments. Please plan time for visiting the Writing Center and revising after your session. Visiting the Writing Center one hour before an assignment is due will not allow adequate time for you to implement the feedback.
Is it possible for you to inform my instructor that I visited the Writing Center?
Yes. When you visit the Writing Center, you can request an Instructor Letter, a descriptive account of what happened during your session. We email Instructor Letters at your request, so if your instructor requires one or would like one to be sent, please remember to inform your tutor. You should come prepared with the instructor’s first name, last name, and email address.
My Instructor asked me to go to the Writing Center for extra credit. Do I still have to stay for the entire 50 minutes?
If you make a 50-minute-appointment, you should plan to stay for the majority of the time and discuss multiple points. While we understand that you are fulfilling a course requirement, you may be surprised at how helpful it can be to work with a tutor on your writing. Ultimately, it is your choice how long you stay at the Writing Center, but please keep in mind that when emailing your instructor, our consultants will give a detailed account of the time you spent and what was discussed.
What if I miss a Peer Review/Critique session? Can I come to the Writing Center for a peer review?
Yes. While we will not complete the peer review by answering a set of questions, we will walk you through the review process, answering questions and providing feedback.
Can I bring my take-home exam and work on that for a session?
We do not work with take-home exams unless your assignment sheet specifically states that Writing Center consultants are allowed to assist you.
What services does the Writing Center offer?
We offer one-on-one consultations with writers of any level, at any stage of the writing process, from any department. 50-minute consultations are made by appointment for the Main Center in Student Union 440 or are available on a walk-in basis for 30 minutes at our satellite locations. We offer Writing Center Presentations in classes by faculty request. Presentations are approximately 10 minutes, during which Writing Center consultants visit classrooms to discuss the Writing Center and our services. We also offer Writing Workshops throughout each semester. The workshops cover topics including basic essay writing, citation, grammar, and mechanics. For English as a Second Language (ESL) students, we offer Conversation Groups..
What happens during a Writing Center consultation?
During a consultation, we ask the student to set the agenda, so each consultation varies depending on what the student wants to work on. From brainstorming to polishing manuscripts, no matter the writing assignment, we can help your students.
How do I know if my student has visited the Writing Center?
When students visit the Writing Center, they can request an Instructor Letter, a descriptive account of what happened during the consultation. Writing Center consultants email letters per the student’s request. We do not sign student papers or other forms confirming the appointment--we only contact faculty directly through our system. We do not email Instructor Letters without the student’s request. Students should come prepared with the instructor’s first name, last name, and email address.
Can/Should I require my students to visit the Writing Center?
We have found that when students are required to visit the Writing Center, they are often resistant to the tutoring process, which can be unproductive. We prefer that students are not required to have a session, though we are happy to help them even if they come under those circumstances.
Can/Should I offer extra credit to students who visit the Writing Center?
Like requiring students to visit (see above), offering extra credit can often result in an unproductive session if a student is only interested in the extra credit points rather than truly working on his or her writing. However, we find that students who visit the Writing Center often return. To help inform you of your students’ visits, we email Instructor Letters (described above) that explain what happened in the session. Most instructors who require visits or give extra credit for visits ask students to request letters. A note on extra credit visits: Please inform your students of Writing Center practices before sending them and encourage them to bring in their writing and specific questions. If you plan to send a large group of students, it may be a good idea to have us come in to do a Writing Center presentation beforehand. This will ensure productive tutoring sessions. If a student makes a 50- minute-appointment, he or she should plan to stay for the majority of the time and discuss multiple points. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions about this.
Can I suggest that my students bring their take-home exams to the Writing Center?
The Writing Center will not accept take-home exams and will refuse to work with them unless you have explicitly communicated that you have given consent, stating that students may bring their take-home exams to the Writing Center. Please inform the Writing Center in writing that you have given students clearance to bring their take-home exams. Without your permission in writing, the Writing Center cannot work with take-home exams.
What if my student misses a Peer Review/Critique session? Can I send that student to the Writing Center for a peer review?
Yes. While we will not complete the peer review by answering a set of questions, we will walk the student through the review process, answering questions and providing feedback.
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