Wallace Community College Selma > The Writing Center
The Writing Center
The Writing Center is committed to providing support for students for every stage of the writing process. We offer the following:
- A full computer lab with writing software
- Assistance from trained professional and peer tutors
- Strategies for development, improvement, and editing for all types of writing
- Employment support (help completing job applications, resumes, and cover letters)
- Meaningful, specific feedback, including a plan of action
- Reference materials such as dictionaries, thesauri, writing handbooks, and citation formats
- Individual and small group tutoring
Your time at the Writing Center will be a dialogue between you and the tutor. Together, you will:
Review the assignment. Please bring the instructor's assignment sheet, rubric (when available), a printed draft or any pre-writing you have done, and any specific questions you have. You and the tutor will discuss the purpose of the assignment and the specific requirements.
Read through the piece together. If you have already started composing, you or the tutor will read your piece out loud. That makes it easier to catch lapses in organization and clarity and identify strengths and weaknesses.
Create an agenda with specific goals. The tutor will help identify specific needs in your writing, and together you'll create an agenda for your time together.
Dialogue about the specific assignment. The tutor will make observations based on your writing and will also pose questions to help you develop and improve your writing.
Work on strategies to improve your writing. The tutor will work with you to show you how to address the needs. The goal is not to just improve a specific paper but also to help improve your overall writing abilities. Before the end of the session, the tutor will help you prepare a plan of action guide for how to work on your own after the session. The details of the meeting are confidential between writer and tutor. However, if you were referred by an instructor, the tutor will sign your plan of action as documentation for your time and work completed at the Center.
What we CAN do:
- Help students understand the basic structure or requirements of a writing assignment
- Demonstrate brainstorming strategies to help students begin or revise a writing assignment
- Listen and provide specific feedback as students discover and explore new ideas
- Help writers identify areas for improvement in specific papers (for example, organization, use of sources, content development, punctuation, etc.)
- Help students identify areas for improvement in their overall writing style and develop strategies for writing growth
- Guide writers as they revise their own work
- Demonstrate using relevant sections of textbooks and other reference materials to enable students to revise drafts on their own
- Offer students advice and strategies to improve their editing skills
What we CANNOT do:
- Write any portion of a student paper.
- Make corrections for a student writer except when giving an example.
- Offer tutorial help in understanding course subject matter.
- Evaluate a professor's assignment or what grade a paper deserves.
- Help with take-home exams without written permission from the instructor.
- Tutors are prepared to help you with writing personal statements and essays for other universities and scholarship opportunities; however, some schools and programs do not permit assistance with these essays. It is your responsibility to determine whether or not tutoring is permitted. The Wallace Community College Writing Center is not liable if the tutee violates such a policy.
- It is expected that all work you bring to the Writing Center is your own; tutors may question the authenticity of what you have written if they have reason to believe it has been plagiarized. It is your responsibility to submit only your own work.
- If you abuse the scheduling system and/or our policies, you are no longer eligible to receive our services.
Come visit us today. We're here to help you!
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.
- Chinese Proverb