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   WRITING CENTER
204
Eberly
Library

          1. Where is the Writing Center?
              A Little WUWC History

 6th year.                   2011-2012: 846 visits.
 Founded by the English      28 in-class presentations.
  department with support     17% student population.
  by WU Administration.
 Currently part of The
  Center for Student
  Success.
 First location 204 Buhl.
 Started with all faculty
  tutors/transitioned to
  primarily peer tutors.
Sure!
1.   Not all of our
     students are English
     majors, but they all
     write well.
2.   We see a large
     variety of
     assignment types,
     and we often have
     the prompts from
     the instructors.
3.   We have tutored
     students from these
     disciplines: history,
     philosophy,
     business, religion,
     nursing, education,
     biology, criminal
     justice,
     communications,         2. Do They Know Anything Besides
     psychology, BMS …       Old English and Shakespeare?
     3. Who Works In the Writing Center?

Faculty Tutor
                                Peer Tutors
Graduate Assistant
 English faculty.
 Arts Administration,
  Biology, Creative Writing,
  English Education,
  Communications,
  Environmental Science,
  Nursing, Education,
  International Studies, and
  BMS majors.
 GA, Master of Teaching
 All strong writers who have
  gone through a writing
  center training program.
               Writing Center Training

 3-credit class: Teaching
    Writing.
   8-hours in-center
    training.
   Series of skills set
    workshops.
   Observations by director.
   Individual and group
    meetings.
   Journals.
4. What Can the Writing Center Do For Our Students?
Understand Assignments.
Generate Topics.
Discuss Ideas.
Aid with Literary Analysis.
Organize Material.
Create Support.
Tighten Structure.
Minimize Grammatical
Errors.
Clarify Research Methods.
Check MLA or APA
Citation.
Use the Writing Process

                              Brain Freeze
for University-wide
Writing Projects.
Thaw Brain Freeze.
       Think of the Writing Center as an Extra
                   Ear/Eye/Voice


 We help by listening
 with a writer’s ear, seeing
 with a writer’s eye, and
 dialoguing with a writer’s
 voice.
        A Conversation between Writers

 “Writing centers provide
 what writers need
 most…conversations that
 take place during the
 writing process and at
 specific points of need
 rather than after the
 writing is ‘finished.’
 turned it, and graded”
 (Jackson 374).
“Because the tutor
sits below the
teacher on the
academic ladder,
the tutor can work
effectively with
students in ways
that teachers
cannot” (Harris
139).
Student writers are
emerging writers,
not error makers.
                      WC Tutors: A Third Voice
                      Dialogue
                      Bakhtinian/Elbowian Model
 5. How Can Students Make Appointments?

 Walk-ins are welcome.
 Appointments are
  encouraged.
 Stop In!
 Call x462.
 Email:
  writingcenter@waynesburg.edu
 Instructor Referrals.
 Group study.
 Workshops.
 Pop in to ask a question!
1. 1. 30-minute
   meeting.
2. 2.Identification of
   need.
3. 3. Work with
   tutor on a specific
   writing issue.
4. 4.Leave with tools
   to use in your
   assignment.
5. 5. Make another
   appointment for       6. What Happens During an
   this assignment if    Appointment?
   necessary.
No.
Your tutor will not
write on the student’s
paper. The
assignment belongs to
the student, and the
purpose of the
Writing Center is to
help develop a
student’s writing
skills, the student
must take ownership
of and engage in the
assignment.
                         7. Will You Make The Corrections
                         on The Student’s Paper?
    8.Can Papers Be Dropped Off to Be Proofread?

 No. Writing Center tutors do
  not check papers without the
  author’s interaction. Instead
  they help students to become
  stronger writers, so that what
  they learn in the WC doesn’t
  stay in the WC.

 Students working on longer
  papers may submit their papers
  beforehand with WC approval
  to allow the tutor to become
  familiar with the students’
  work.
Why We Don’t Proofread
The student will
certainly have the
tools to produce a
solid assignment.

Of course, there are
no perfect papers!
According to our
assessment statistics,
students believe their
writing skills are
stronger after visiting
the Writing Center.
Remember that
writing is a process.     9. The Paper Should Be Perfect
Every visit builds        After Visiting the Writing Center,
skills.
                          Right?
     Here’s What Our Students Have to Say
 I feel the writing center helped    She had me read out loud and
  a lot. I always learn better         asked me how I personally
  whenever I have someone to           would change the sentences,
  talk me through on how to            etc. instead of just telling me
  improve.                             how to fix or change it.

 When I went I only had a few        They gave me tips that I could
  sentences but when I left I had      apply to my papers in the
  my entire intro and the topics       future.
  for my body paragraphs.
                                      The outside feedback has
                                       helped me realize my strengths
--From the 2011-2012 WUWC              and weaknesses as a writer.
  Student Survey
          10. What’s the Bottom Line?

Enabling Students          Student Persistence



 “…recognize that
 student learning is the
 key to retention”
 (Tinto).
 The Writing Center Engages Students In Learning

 “…much of the literature
 on institutional retention
 policy speaks of the
 importance of building
 educational communities
 that actively involve
 students in learning”
 (Tito).
The Writing Center is-


             entirely focused on student
              learning.
             a smaller community
              within a larger community.
             a center built on meeting
              individual needs.
             a comfortable place where
              no grades are given, where
              conversation about
              coursework occurs without
              academic evaluation.
 Waynesburg
 University
Writing Center
 204 Eberly
   Library




Come
see for
yourself!
                    Works Cited

Harris, Muriel. “Talking in the Middle: Why Writers
  Need Writing Tutors.” College English 57.1:
  January 1995. Print.

Tinto, Vincent. “Taking Retention Seriously:
  Rethinking the First Year of College.” Pell Institute
  for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.
  August 2, 2012. Web.

				
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