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Click here to request information about the Writing Center for your students.

 

Are there other ways I can encourage my students to visit the Writing Center?

Regularly remind students that getting feedback from multiple people as a normal part of the writing process for all writers, even instructors.

Include a syllabus statement or D2L announcement describing what we do. Click here for a few examples.

If you would like a writing consultant to visit your class to give a five-minute presentation introducing the Writing Center, please fill out this form.

If you would like to talk about the Writing Center yourself and would like bookmarks to give students to remind them about our services, please fill out this form.

If you would like a consultant to come to your class to talk about a specific writing concept or skill or to work with students during a peer review activity, please contact the Writing Center director, Dr. Crystal Mueller.

 

What does the Writing Center do?

The Writing Center aims to help students develop their writing processes and improve their writing, including work they compose for their courses.

If you assign writing in your courses, please encourage your students to take advantage of the Writing Center’s services. Our research has shown that instructor recommendation is the #2 reason students come to see us (word of mouth from other students is the first). You can help them get additional writing assistance by continuing to spread the word. They should be ready to work with the consultants and have specific goals in mind when they visit.

 

Who can visit the Writing Center?

Students of all levels of expertise can visit the Writing Center to receive feedback on their drafts, begin brainstorming, or work on specific writing issues. All of our consultants are trained to work with undergraduate and graduate students. We also have specific training to assist students with learning disabilities, and we work with multilingual writers in partnership with English language support specialist Amy Jacobson.

 

Do students need an appointment?

Students can call or email the Center to schedule an appointment; appointments are up to 50 minutes long. The Writing Center also offers walk-in sessions if consultants have openings. Writers can check our schedule (button appears in lefthand column) to see whether a consultant likely will be available if they stop in. We are more likely to be available in the last 15 minutes of the hour, if a scheduled appointment ends early. You can use the chat feature in Google to ask whether someone is available. Having an appointment will help guarantee we can work with you at the time you need.


Can I send a student to have a paper proofread?

Our consultants will work with students to help them identify, understand, and correct their own grammatical, stylistic, and structural problems, but we do not mark line-edits or corrections in students' papers. We want students to improve at proofreading their own papers, and research suggests that working with students to correct their errors at their own pace is most effective for helping them improve.

 

Can I require my students visit the Writing Center?

As a service that is supportive of, yet separate from, any university course, the work of the Writing Center is done best when students come to the Center of their own volition. As such, please encourage your students to visit the Writing Center but do not require it. Unfortunately, when students come to the Writing Center because they are required to—not because they want to—the learning process suffers. Also, when an entire class of students is trying to come to the Writing Center the week before an assignment is due, there are often no appointments left for other students.

If you offer students extra credit or a deadline extension to visit the Writing Center, have them find out what we do ahead of time and consider asking them to complete a short goal/reflection assignment discussing what they planned to worked on and changed (or considered changing) as a result of their visit. You might also ask that they visit at least a day or two before the assignment is due. Finally, requiring students to reflect on what they changed as a result of their visit will enhance its effectiveness. We've found these measures result in better learning and receptiveness.

 

Will I find out if my students visited the Writing Center?

We notify instructors of student visits only when the student indicates that he or she would like an e-mailed summary report sent to you. If the student indicates that he or she would like you to know about the session, the writing consultant will send you an email that briefly outlines the work accomplished during the session. (Under some special circumstances, at the discretion of the Writing Center director, we might discuss a student's visit with you.)

 

Are there other ways I can encourage my students to visit the Writing Center?

If you would like a writing consultant to visit your class to give a five-minute presentation introducing the Writing Center, please fill out this form.

If you would like to talk about the Writing Center yourself and would like bookmarks to give students to remind them about our services, please fill out this form.

If you would like a consultant to come to your class to talk about a specific writing concept or skill or to work with students during a peer review activity, please contact the Writing Center director, Dr. Crystal Mueller.

 

Thank you for helping to spread the word about the Writing Center, and please feel free to e-mail Dr. Mueller about any concerns or questions you have about the Center.

by Reineck, Allison A last modified Mar 17, 2014 10:27 AM
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8-WEEK SUMMER SESSION (beginning June 15)

Sunday By Special Arrangement

Monday 9:30  – 5:30

Tuesday 9:30 – 6:00

Wednesday 9:30 – 5:30

Thursday 9:30 – 6:00

Friday By Special Arrangement

Saturday By Special Arrangement

 

Closed July 4

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750 Elmwood Ave.
wcenter@uwosh.edu
(920) 424-1152

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