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The Writing Center

Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

How can I encourage my students to visit the Writing Center?

You can show or send students the link to the Writing Center website and tell them about our hours of operation. You might also wish to bring your class to the Center (especially during the first week or two of the semester) so they will know where the office is located.  They will find that it is a nice facility with friendly staff members, which may help to alleviate any anxiety about visiting the Center for assistance with their writing assignments.

In addition, we will be happy to arrange a time for a Writing Consultant to visit your class to explain to the students how we can help them in the Writing Center.

Can I require my students to visit the Writing Center?

We will be happy to arrange a time for a Writing Consultant to visit your class to explain what we do in the Writing Center.  You might also wish to bring your class to the Center (especially during the first week or two of the semester) so they will know where it is located.  When professors require all students in a class to visit the Writing Center for a particular assignment, there is often a flood of students at the last minute (usually on the day the assignment is due).  This situation creates logistical difficulties for the Writing Center staff and results in a long wait for students.  It may also make it difficult for them to fulfill the requirement at the last minute.  For this reason, we ask that professors not require entire classes to visit the Center for a particular assignment.

How can I find out if my students have visited the Writing Center?

If you refer a student to the Writing Center, you are welcome to visit the Center to check for your student's file in the cabinet to the right as you enter Room 202 C.  You can see when the student visited and what was covered in the session. 

How can a Writing Consultant help my students improve their writing skills?

Writing Center sessions are designed to assist writers in improving their ability to write and revise independently.  Our goal is to help writers improve overall skills (rather than merely working on one specific paper). Writing Center sessions focus on fostering skills rather than on correcting errors. Writing Consultants can help writers identify issues of style and mechanics; however, they do not edit or proofread. After a thirty-minute session in which the writer and consultant work on one or two goals defined by the writer, students are expected to produce writing independently.