Helping Your Students
"When I work with the UM writing center staff, I become better at developing clear expectations and assessments for my students’ writing. Working with The Writing Center is also hugely beneficial for my students. In individual tutoring sessions and in-class writing workshops, they are exposed to a variety of methods for becoming more effective writers." -Professor Daisy Rooks, Sociology
There are many ways faculty can collaborate with The Writing Center to help students. When explaining a writing assignment in class, encourage all students to consult with The Writing Center as they work through the assignment. Emphasize that The Writing Center does not edit or correct papers for students, but helps students become more successful writers as they plan and execute papers. Let students know that you understand and support the mission of The Writing Center.
To help faculty help students, we offer:
In-class orientations to the Writing Center’s services:
A brief class visit early in the semester lets us introduce ourselves and our services to your students.
Customized in-class workshops:
Writing Center staff can work with you to insert assignment- and discipline-specific writing workshops into your course at key points during the semester. Tailored to particular writing assignments and to student needs in the context of your course, these workshops help students recognize and develop good writing behaviors.
Feedback and guidance on writing assignment design
Writing Center staff can provide feedback and input as you design formal writing assignments. Informed by our experience observing students (mis)interpret writing assignments from across the disciplines, we can help you identify and communicate the key rhetorical variables students will need to account for in order to produce the kind of writing you expect.
Feedback and guidance in assessing and responding to student writing
Writing Center staff can offer tips for providing effective and efficient feedback on student writing. In addition, Writing Center staff can look at a set of student papers with you to determine what kinds of interventions and supplemental writing workshops might be helpful.
Ideas for incorporating writing – both graded and non-graded – into the semester
The Writing Center can consult with you to find ways to incorporate opportunities for writing that will not add to your reading and grading load.
Sample Syllabus Statement Introducing Students to The Writing Center
Faculty help students take advantage of The Writing Center’s services by stressing with students the importance of revising in response to reader feedback and by encouraging students to use The Writing Center early and often. Consider including information about The Writing Center in your syllabus to send the message that writing is important to you and that all writers need readers.
Sample Syllabus or Assignment Statement:
The University of Montana Writing Center offers students in all disciplines free support as they write for any course. Welcoming all students, The Writing Center provides a comfortable environment where students can engage in supportive conversations about their writing and receive feedback at any point during a writing process. To make an appointment and learn more about The Writing Center’s by-appointment and drop-in hours, visit www.umt.edu/writingcenter or call 243-2266.
Please note: While faculty may require a student to use The Writing Center, students who are required to visit may not be motivated to take full advantage of the tutoring session. However, faculty always can encourage students, especially those who would benefit from one-to-one help, to use The Writing Center early and often.