As we are writing experts rather than experts in your discipline and your discipline’s writing conventions, please note that we cannot provide students with feedback on content. However, we can help students with any aspect of their writing process and with elements of their writing that transcend disciplinary concerns. For example, we can help your students determine whether their writing has a clear thesis statement or focus, whether their points are developed, whether sources are integrated and cited appropriately, and whether they have done what your assignment asks them to do (which is why we really like when you put your assignments in writing!).
The Writing Center can help your students in any stage of their writing processes for any assignment you give that involves writing, including summary and response papers, journals, case study reports, research projects, collaborative projects, and presentations.
There is a new journal specifically about writing paper prompts.
A really great blog for writing instructors.
Get IT in Writing Handout UPDATED-pdf: Simple strategies to encourage your students to use the Writing Center and help us ensure productive sessions with your students.
Blurbs you can copy and paste into your syllabus about the Writing Center: Students are most likely to come to the Writing Center in a timely manner if they know about us and our services early in the semester. Why not mention us in your syllabus? Feel free to simply copy and paste the blurbs here right into your syllabus or assignment sheets.
Make an appointment for a class orientation: Orientations last about 10-15 minutes and provide an overview of our services and policies. Students are 40% more likely to visit the Writing Center on their own if they've been to an orientation. We recommend that you bring your entire class to the Writing Center for the orientation, but if that's not possible, one of our writing consultants can visit your class and do the orientation in your classroom.
How to make required WC visits work These guidelines will help you make sure your students do more than simply show up at the Writing Center.
Writing Center Session Reflection Forms You can give this form to students when you tell them about the Writing Center. It explains what the Writing Center does and doesn't do and has space for the student to write a brief reflection on the session afterwards. You can ask students to submit the completed (and stamped) form to you after they work with a consultant.
Faculty Referral Form : Use this form to refer a student to the Writing Center.
Flyer: "Be Unpredictable": You can print it out or simply send students the link.
Faculty Survey of Writing Center Services: Let us know how we can best support you and your students. We would love to hear from you!
Ben Rafoth's essay, "Why You Should Visit Your Campus Writing Center": Consider making this short essay a required reading for your students.
OTHER FACULTY RESOURCES
This article on Peer Review proposes a model for in-class peer review based on the Flower and Hayes model on revision processes. According to their findings, “Often lower-ability writers benefitted more from receiving feedback from lower-ability reviewers, while higher-ability writers benefitted equally from receiving feedback from lower-ability and higher-ability reviewers. This result leads to the practical recommendation of grouping students by ability during peer assessment, contrary to student beliefs that only feedback from high ability peers is worthwhile"(Patchan and Schunn 227).
Writing Center Session Reflection Form
After a writing center session with one of our tutors, if a student needs proof of the session, they only need to as, or they can bring a copy of the form with them.
After the session the student will be asked to fill out the form, sign and date it, and we will stamp it. We have stamps for both a regular 40-minute appointment, and a 10-minute quick appointment.
Please note that we will not stamp blank forms.