What other services does the Writing Center offer?
Do tutors edit or correct papers FOR student writers?
Who should go to the Writing Center?
How can I encourage my students to use the Writing Center?
Will I know if a student visited the Writing Center?
My student went to the Writing Center, but his/her paper still has problems—what happened?
Can faculty and staff be tutored in the Writing Center?
What other services does the Writing Center offer?
How can faculty assist the Writing Center?
The Writing Center @ Roanoke College is a place where writers working in any discipline and at any level of competence meet with trained peer tutors in informal, one-on-one tutoring sessions that focus on writing and/or oral presentations. In half-hour long tutorial sessions, tutors may help writers brainstorm ideas, construct or improve a thesis or hypothesis, incorporate sources appropriately, and/or show them how to identify grammar errors and teach them strategies for correcting those errors. Tutors may offer feedback on presentation outlines or organization, or they may watch a student practice an oral presentation and offer tips on more effective delivery.
No. Tutors are trained to understand the difference between productive collaboration and unethical collusion. Tutors will not write, revise, or correct papers FOR writers. They work WITH writers to teach them effective writing and editing strategies and processes and help them learn to apply those techniques to their writing assignments.
Anyone who writes or makes presentations! Anyone who wishes to become a more effective writer or speaker can benefit from tutoring. After all, even professional writers discuss the effectiveness of their work with others before sending it out for publication. Although tutors do help writers who are struggling with the basics, the Writing Center is NOT a dedicated remedial service. Struggling, competent, AND advanced academic and creative writers are all welcome at the Writing Center.
One of the best ways to introduce your students to the Writing Center is to request a Tutor Class Visit. A Writing Center Tutor will visit your class and talk for five-ten minutes about the Writing Center's services. Faculty can also include Writing Center information on syllabi, and distribute the Writing Center's information cards, which include tutoring hours. Faculty members who award extra credit might consider offering it to students who attend workshops. If you wish to require tutorials for all your students, or require attendance at a particular workshop, please alert the Writing Center Director, who can work with you on scheduling and sign-in sheets.
Yes, you will receive a notice each time a student visits the Center for an assignment in your class.
There may be several factors at work here. First, the student may have come to be tutored very late in the process, maybe even the day the paper or presentation was due. When that happens, the tutor has to help the student writer decide what aspect of the paper to work on-the student may need help with thesis, organization, and comma errors, but there is only time to tackle one of those problems. Also, tutors provide feedback and instruction, but since the student writers ultimately make the decisions, sometimes they may choose not to follow a tutor's advice, or they may need several tutorials to take in a concept fully and learn to apply it. The Writing Center's mission, ultimately, is not to provide a quick fix or ensure perfect papers, but to help students grow as writers, which leads to improvement over time. It's a bit like the old adage: if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day; if you teach him to fish, he eats for a lifetime.
Yes, faculty as well as staff are welcome to sign up for an appointment. You may elect to be tutored by a trained undergraduate tutor or request an appointment with the Writing Center Director, who holds a limited number of writing consultation appointments each week upon request. Tutorials and consultations last thirty minutes. If you would be interested in participating in a faculty writing group, please contact the Writing Center Director.
The Writing Center also offers a variety of writing workshops for students and faculty. Please see the Workshops/Playshops list as well as the Services for Faculty. If you wish to suggest a workshop topic, please email us! The Center also houses a Resource Library of books, including all current style guides as well as books on writing pedagogy that faculty may consult at any time. We are also developing a Writing Fellows Program that links an individual tutor with a specific course and faculty instructor. Currently Fellows are available on a limited basis for fall INQ 110 courses.
The most important way faculty can assist The Writing Center is to encourage students to make appointments with tutors. Faculty support makes students more eager to seek help with their writing, and when a tutor is invited to make a class visit, students see that the instructor values good writing and the tutorial process. Faculty can encourage students to visit The Writing Center early in the writing process, and they can encourage students working at all levels of competence to use our tutorial services and attend workshops. Recommend us to ALL your students, not only those you perceive as struggling.