The Writing Center’s main purpose is to hone students’ writing abilities through one-on-one sessions with trained tutors, whether based on a specific paper or simply gaining a better understanding of particular aspects of the writing process. Thus, while not primarily focused on faculty, we can be a great tool to assist you in developing your students’ writing skills.
When working with your students, we first focus on higher-order concerns—issues that strongly affect the paper’s ability to communicate ideas, such as organization, paragraph development, and thesis. Since issues such as poor comma usage typically are not primary in conveying information, we work on these concerns to help students fine-tune their writing. Because we discuss only one or two points per session, we encourage students to return with progressive drafts of the same paper.
How You Can Help Us
If you require your students to come to the Writing Center, we ask that you help us help you by providing us in advance with a description of the assignment, your preferred writing and documentation style (e.g. APA, MLA), and any other information that you would deem helpful. Although we do not aim to improve the student’s grade and do not discuss grades with the student, we would also appreciate your providing us with your grading rubric to inform us of your areas of focus.
Discussing the Session
Unless the student requests otherwise, the tutor will inform you of your student’s visit via email. This email will contain two .pdf attachments, one for on-campus viewing and one for off, which will include the tutor’s personal comments about the particular session (see example). To allow tutors to give you an honest evaluation, it is necessary that these faculty dialog forms remain confidential between you and the Writing Center. If you have questions or concerns, please email the Writing Center (include the student's and tutor's name and the date of the session).
The Writing Center is willing and available to make special class visits to assist the class in a variety of ways. The most common example is the First Year Seminar “Meet the Writing Center” visit: we come and discuss who we are, what we do, and how we can help students write more effectively. Likewise, you may bring your class here to the Writing Center and enhance the presentation with a tour. We also offer supplemental class visits in order to provide information about basic writing fundamentals, for example, how to do a research paper, how to write an effective thesis, how to organize a paper, etc. If you would like to arrange such a visit, please contact our director, Dr. David Dzaka .