We are thrilled when faculty recommend the Writing Center to their students, and we do our best to help them. In case you are not familiar with our services, here is a description of a typical session:
- The tutor greets the student and inquires about the class, the instructor, and the assignment. The tutor reads the assignment sheet if possible.
- The tutor asks the student what issues or questions are a priority to him or her.
- The tutor addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the essay from global to local issues. Global issues include the topic, overall argument, and organization of the essay. Local issues include documentation, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation.
- The tutor and student discuss revision strategies and goals to address the areas for improvement.
The Writing Center is happy to offer many services for faculty who assign writing in their classes.
In an assignment consultation, one of the Writing Center instructors will review your writing assignment instructions and provide suggestions to make your assignment more clear, comprehensive, and effective. We will also review rubrics, handouts, and any other component of the writing assignments you use in your classes. See the details here!
Classroom drop-in visits
A Writing Center tutor will happily visit your class and give a 5- to 10-minute description of our services. If you wish, we can bring our appointment book for students who would like to make an appointment. We will work around your schedule; let us know what is convenient to you. A tutor can also visit your class in order to present on a specific aspect of writing or documentation, such as how to respond to essay exam questions or proper use of MLA citation style. See the details here!
If you feel your students would benefit from a refresher workshop on APA, Chicago, or MLA style as they begin a research project, we will plan and conduct one or two sessions for your students outside of your normal class time. We have offered out-of-class Chicago workshops in the past, and the feedback from the instructor and the students has been positive. Request a workshop here!
Additional instructional resources for documenting sources
Embedded Blackboard Tutoring
IVCC faculty can request to add an embedded Writing Center tutor in their Blackboard for any course.
Most professors may prefer a simple Q and A forum, but we are open to any possibility that could enhance your students’ experiences with writing!
Some examples of activities and roles an embedded tutor could undertake:
- Question and answer discussion board forums
- Individual or group tutoring consultations
- Visiting expert/guest speaker (e.g. presentation on a writing topic or assignment)
- Structured learning activity (e.g. moderated webquest)
- Peer review moderator
- Interactive resource moderator (e.g. blog, wiki)
- Exam preparation
- Guided revision
- Discussion leader/moderator for writing concerns
- Grammar guide
We have several dozen handouts on topics such as the parts of an essay, grammar and punctuation, documentation of sources, writing an annotated bibliography, and writing essay exams and short-answer essay questions. Rather than creating a handout from scratch, you can modify one of ours. The handouts are available on our webpage, in the Center, or in the FacPub (p:/) Writing Center folder.
Posters for Blackboard, classrooms, and office doors
We have posters advertising the Writing Center that you can post to Blackboard, hang on your office door, or display in your classroom. We also have bookmark-style and business card-style publicity materials that you can distribute to your students. Download a poster here.
Student visit verification
If you would like notice when your students visit the Writing Center, please contact us to discuss various options for verifying students’ attendance. You may wish to require a session or offer students extra credit for visiting; we can provide verification when they do. We have a lot of ideas for incentivizing and encouraging visits to the Writing Center that we will be happy to share with you.
Studio Sessions are requested by faculty and are attached to a particular course or class. The instructor and Writing Center Director collaboratively build a schedule of Studio Sessions relating to the particular topic or assignment at hand. During a Studio Session, a small group of students meets with a highly qualified Writing Center tutor to work on their writing assignment. Studio Sessions often function as focused group tutoring, wherein a group of writers can work to create and improve excellent writing for their topic or assignment. A professor may require students to attend one or more Studio Session throughout the semester, or they may be optional. Studio Sessions may be especially helpful for students taking courses that require academic writing, but do not carry a writing pre-requisite. See more details or request a Studio Session here!
We have developed a statement that you can copy or modify for inclusion in your syllabus, essay assignments, or other course documents. Download the syllabus statement here.