My student's assignment has quite a few grammatical errors; can your staff help with this?
At the WRC, we emphasize "global" over "local" concerns. This means that we tend to emphasize qualities like argumentative structure and organization over grammatical content. This does not mean that tutors will not assist students with revising at the sentence level; rather, we want to emphasize that our goal is to facilitate a conversation about students' writing. Tutors will not edit or revise students' papers for them.
Can I require students to visit the Writing and Reading Center?
Although some programs mandate visits to the WRC (e.g., College Now), we ask that instructors generally not require students to use the center, but instead encourage them to do so. While it is possible to receive confirmation of a student's visit, we just ask that you be conscious of the fact that we have a limited number of staff. During busy times of the semester—especially midterms and finals—it may not be possible for all students to make appointments.
In encouraging the students to visit the WRC, it is helpful to us if you reinforce that students cannot expect tutors to "fix" every aspect of an assignment. The session will be collaborative and conversational. We appreciate if students come prepared with specific questions and/or sections of their assignment that they'd like to work on with their tutor.
What goes on during a session?
Our goal at the WRC is for students to learn effective, long-term strategies for improving writing. Students should expect then to be active participants in sessions.
Students can make appointments for any stage of the writing process. They may brainstorm ideas on a topic with the tutor, work on drafting/organizing, and/or meet with a tutors for final feedback before submission.
It is helpful for students to bring assignments and assignment prompts to sessions, as well as any other materials pertaining to an assignment (e.g., feedback on earlier drafts).
Who works at the WRC and what kind of training do they have?
Beginning in Fall 2017, all undergraduate students who wish to work as tutors in the WRC must successfully complete a three-credit course. This course is a rigorous training program that requires students to become well-versed in writing center theory and practice. More information about the course can be found here.
Tutors come from a variety of disciplines and majors. We also have a number of graduate student tutors who are particularly well-equipped to work on upper- and graduate-level projects. Information about our current staff members can be found here.
I have a strong writer in my class; how can I recommend them for employment?
We're always looking for effective communicators to join our staff! Please encourage interested individuals to contact an administrative staff member for information on how to apply for the Tutoring Writing course.
What other assistance do you offer?
You are always welcome to bring students by the WRC for an introduction to the space/how to make appointments. We can also offer custom workshops on particular aspects of writing practice. Please contact a member of our administrative staff to arrange these services.
I have a writing project that I'm working on; can someone from the WRC assist me?
There are a number of well-qualified individuals at the WRC who can assist with advanced writing projects (e.g., journal articles/publications and grants). Please contact a member of our administrative staff to discuss writing resources for faculty.