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We offer individualized help with writing. Peer tutors are available to meet with students to discuss their writing and assist with matters ranging from: grammar, spelling, diction, and punctuation; to broader concerns such as: focus, development, organization, style, and documentation.
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What do you do?
We provide individualized help with writing. Peer tutors are available to assist students with their writing. We work with students at any point of the writing process from brainstorming through revising. Common appointment topics range from grammar, spelling, diction, and punctuation, to broader concerns such as focus, development, organization, style, and documentation. Common assignments include: paragraph and essay writing, scholarship application and thank-you letters, research papers, personal statements, book reports, creative writing, presentation review, and more. You don't have to wait for an assigned writing to utilize our services.
How can you help me?
We assist students in identifying writing problems, discussing methods for improving their writing, and encouraging students to use their own thought process as they write, in order to foster stronger and more confident writers. We offer one-on-one tutorial conferences and we have drop-in assistance for quick questions. To help students in the best way possible, we ask that they secure an appointment at least one day before an assignment is due. Appointments are not mandatory, but they are encouraged.
What do I need to bring for my appointment?
Our focus is to provide quality assistance to as many students as possible; however, we need our students to assist. Please be mindful of the following guidelines about your appointment:
Will you edit my work?
- Be on time. If you are more than ten minutes late without notifying the us, then your appointment may be given away. If you are a no show to an appointment more than two times, then you will not be allowed to secure an appointment for the remainder of the semester.
- Bring a neat copy of your assignment, any instructions or directions, and any other related materials (textbooks, notebooks, articles, poems, website links, writing utensils, paper, etc.).
Writing Center staff will provide students with recommendations for strengthening their writing and their assignment. We will not rewrite or edit work for a student.
What other services do you offer?
The Writing Center hosts several workshops to assist students in other writing areas. They include, but are not limited to the following:
- APA/MLA Workshops: students learn how to format an APA or MLA paper, properly document sources, and use the library database to find scholarly research articles.
- English Proficiency Exam Workshop: students learn how to write a well-developed essay and receive study tips for test preparation. This exam is a graduation requirement for students who did not take English Composition I at UAPB. Students are encouraged to also complete a practice test in preparation for the exam. We do not work with students the day of the exam. Contact the Office of Student Counseling, Assessment, and Development for information about the test.
Other workshops can be arranged by request.
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Writing Across the Curriculum Suggested Readings and Links
Bean, John. Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996.
White, Edward and Cassie A. Wright. Assigning, Responding, Evaluating: A Writing Teacher’s Guide. 5th ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015.
Zawacki, Terry Myers and Paul Rogers. Writing Across the Curriculum: A Critical Sourcebook. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) WAC
The UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center
Resource for High School Teachers
Michigan Department of Education WAC
WAC Information Booklet