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University Writing Support Center

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  • University Writing Support Center

     

                                                   

       

    The University Writing Support Center is now open for Spring Semester 2018.

    Fifty-minute tutoring sessions, online and face-to-face, will be available

    ·         Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

    ·         Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

    ·         Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

    ·         Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

    Please note that these times are subject to cancellation. The UWSC is located in Lommen 095 during daytime hours and in Library 112 during evening hours.

    The UWSC strongly encourages clients to bring a copy of the assignment for the writing activity they are working on as well as a grading rubric, if possible.

    Scroll down and click on the link to the online consultation page below to schedule an appointment, but make sure to read all information along the way. 

    UWSC tutors are student peers—undergraduates with a strong background in writing and formal training in tutoring. Although UWSC tutors will not simply proofread papers, they will offer valuable feedback on a wide variety of writing issues, ranging from content to organization to style and mechanics. All students are invited to take advantage of this service.   

    The UWSC will be closed on any days the campus is closed, such as non-instructional days, major holidays, or snow days.

    Please watch the schedule for changes during the Fall semester.

     

    Consultations

     

    Tutors will be available to help students develop strategies to improve their writing by appointment only. The writing assistance is not designed to edit or proofread papers. Instead the assistance that is provided is intended to foster students’ writing proficiency and independence during the writing process. The University Writing Support Center will:

    • Assist students in improving their writing proficiency and independence during the various stages of their writing assignments
    • Provide a supportive environment where writers and readers work efficiently one-to-one
    • Train writing tutors to become effective readers of and responders to texts from various disciplines

     

    Guidelines

     

    Please understand and be willing to follow the following guidelines before making an appointment.

    Thank you for your interest in the University Writing Support Center. We are here to help you. To make helping you easier, please see the following guidelines for how to take advantage of our services.

    1.      You come to us for tutoring, which involves one-on-one discussion with a tutor.

    2.      To this end, tutors do not proofread papers. They will discuss papers with you. They will ask you questions. They will teach you new skills. But they will not simply correct errors.

    3.      Therefore, please do not drop off papers and expect to pick them up later with corrections. A tutor will not look at a paper unless the client is present.

    4.      Put away anything distracting, such as cell phones. You may use a computer, but only to show your paper or to pull up materials relevant to the discussion of your paper.

    5.      Do not watch or listen to material unrelated to your tutoring session.

    6.      Do not do work for another class during a tutoring session.

    7.      In other words, work with the tutor so you can learn.

    8.      Any student who insists upon violating these guidelines may be asked to leave.

    9.      Despite their best efforts, tutors cannot guarantee any grade on a paper.

     

     These guidelines have been created by Dr. Tim Decker, English Professor and University Writing Director, in consultation with the writing tutors. If you have any issues or questions, please contact Professor Decker at deckerti@mnstate.edu. You are also invited to visit him in his office at 229 Weld Hall.

    Thank you. We look forward to working with you.

    The University Writing Support Center

     

     

    To schedule an appointment, visit the online consultation scheduling page.

    University Writing Support Center Director: Dr. Tim Decker, 229 Weld Hall, deckerti@mnstate.edu