For Students

Services for Undergraduates

 

Undergraduates have always been the core clientele for the Writing Center, and we are proud to serve a consistently increasing number of undergraduate writers each semester.

Our Writing Center offers you individual instruction and workshops on writing and grammar issues. In individual conferences, students can receive suggestions about revising a paper for any course and discuss topics like the following:

  • Getting started, organizing ideas, improving style
  • Using particular citation styles (APA, MLA, APSA, CBE, Chicago/Turabian)
  • Following conventions of format and style in specific disciplines (like business and psychology) and types of writing
  • Preparing for essay and competency exams
  • Becoming a more effective editor of your own writing

 

If you are writing papers for an introductory course, whether it is English, Business, IR, Psychology or Freshman Seminar, an individual appointment with our tutors can help you make your first college papers more successful. As you begin to write longer papers within your major, you can come to the Writing Center for guidance in incorporating research, organizing longer papers, and citing sources. If you are writing a research project, or if your courses require papers regularly throughout the semester, you may wish to establish a “permanent appointment,” a weekly or bi-weekly meeting with a tutor to help you plan, write, and revise.

If you’ve been assigned a group paper, we’d be happy to meet with the whole group, or with you individually about the part of the paper that you’re responsible for.

In addition to individual consultation, the Writing Center offers several workshops that undergraduate students will find useful.

 

Services for Graduate Students

 

The Writing Center welcomes advanced students in all disciplines to take advantage of both our individual instruction and our workshops.

While the subject matter of your particular area of study may be beyond the realm of our expertise, we can offer the perspective of experienced generalists in the field of academic writing. Good writing in any field should be intelligible on some level even to an outsider; our ability to follow and understand your argument is a useful indicator of the clarity and coherence of your writing. And as experienced writing instructors, we know how to identify and clarify the principles most relevant to your writing.

If you’ve been assigned a group paper, we’d be happy to meet with the whole group, or with you individually about the part of the paper that you’re responsible for.

In addition to individual consultation, the Writing Center offers several workshops that graduate students will find useful.

 

If You’ve Been Referred to the Writing Center

 

If you have been referred to the Writing Center, we are especially eager to assist you. After all, by referring you to the Writing Center, your instructor has indicated that you may be able to raise your grade as a result of the work you do here with us. With that kind of motivation, we should be able to accomplish great things together!

When you make an appointment to come to the Writing Center, please inform your tutor that you’ve been referred to us. That way we can address your specific needs. The Writing Center tutor who works with you will try to discover more about the requirements of your course or assignment, or about your course instructor’s specific concerns about your writing. If you need extra support, we may schedule longer, more frequent appointments. You can find out from our website how to prepare for your first appointment, and what to expect from the Writing Center.

 

If You’re Writing a Group Paper

 

We’re always happy to work with students who have been assigned a group writing project. Teaming up on a paper can be exciting and educational, but the cooperation and organization involved may also be stressful.

Even if your group is just beginning a paper, we’d be happy to meet with you. Thoughtful planning can make a group paper easier and more enjoyable for everyone, and your Writing Center tutor can assist you in dividing responsibilities and coordinating the work.

Before coming to the Writing Center or calling to make a group appointment, you should discuss possible appointment times with your group. Ideally, everyone writing the paper should come to the appointment. But if that’s not possible, we’ll gladly meet with one or more of you. When you schedule the appointment, please let our tutor know that you’re working on a group paper (so that we will be able to make appropriate seating arrangements), and ask that an hour be set aside for the appointment. This will give your group time to cover all of the issues that your paper addresses.

 

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