When You Get a Writing Assignment
Make an appointment on the Undergraduate Writing Center Calendar with the Writing Assistant associated with the professor who has assigned your work.
- Check out the list of Writing Assistants to find one who is associated with your professor.
- Appointments must be made on the Undergraduate Writing Center Calendar at least 24 hours in advance. Once you have signed up for an appointment, print the confirmation that will be emailed to you. Plan to bring the printed confirmation to your appointment.
- Plan to visit the Writing Center more than once while you are working on an assignment. It's best to come in once during the early planning stages, once or even twice during your first or second draft, and again toward the end, when you are ready to complete your final draft. Please note: Writing Assistants may refuse to review your work if they see it for the first time the day before the assignment is due.
Prepare for Your Appointment:
- Make and appointment in the google calendar 24 hours in advance.
- Bring printed confirmation of your appointment time.
- Bring all handouts, instructions, class notes, etc., to your appointment so you can clearly and completely discuss the assignment with your Writing Assistant. You will need your instructor's email address.
- Bring USB drives for saving your work. The Writing Center has 12 computers available for your use.
- If you need help documenting your references, bring to the appointment your sources or accurate accounts of reference materials, including page numbers from which you have taken information. Printing out the copyright page of a book or the opening page of a website is often helpful.
The Role of Writing Assistants:
Student Writing Assistants are excellent writers across the disciplines who have been recommended by multiple faculty members who know their work and character. Their role in the Writing Center is to:
discuss handouts and help students understand assignments
explain how to develop a thesis, engage with texts, and work through a draft
support students in the improvement of documentation, grammar, and punctuation
offer advice and assistance on drafting, revising, and polishing a paper
work with students and faculty to encourage students to improve student writing
develop a valid tutoring philosophy and practice
exercise empathetic leadership and guidance in working with students
build personal communication and leadership skills