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How we Help

We offer free one-on-one tutorials and other supplemental programs to support student writing.

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Recommending our Services

Recommend Writing Center services to your student writers—of all levels—and let our staff host class visits.

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Faculty Writing Support

The Writing Center offers free assistance to faculty and staff working on writing projects.

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Writing Fellows

Writing fellows provide practice and specific feedback to help writers develop knowledge, confidence, and skills in disciplinary writing.

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The Writing Center offers free one-on-one tutorials and other supplemental programs to support student writing. Instead of operating as a fix-it shop, the Writing Center provides learner-focused programs and resources, and tutors mentor and coach students through their writing assignments. We focus on equipping students with the tools they need to successfully complete current and future writing assignments.

Some of the ways we support student writers is by

  • offering one-on-one tutoring sessions, tailored to the individual student's needs, via on-campus and online tutorials
  • sponsoring workshops on a variety of writing and grammatical principles, and assisting with test preparation, such as for the GRE verbal and writing sections
  • creating and maintaining over 50 handouts on documentation formats, organization, grammar, usage, etc.
  • providing access to handbooks, textbooks, and other supplemental materials.
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Additionally, the Writing Center operates on an appointment basis, with some availability for walk-in sessions. Students should register user accounts and book tutorials via our online scheduling system MyWCOnline. At the end of each tutorial, students receive a "Client Report Form" via email, which they can then print or forward to their instructors as proof of attendance.

We invite all faculty and staff to recommend Writing Center services to their student writers—of all levels—and to host class visits from our staff.

 

Some of the ways you might encourage your student writers to use our services are

  • providing a statement about the Writing Center on your course syllabus (see example below)
  • discussing the importance of writing as a process with your students, and explaining the benefits of sharing one's work with a peer
  • linking to our website, appointment scheduler, and online supplemental materials (handouts, worksheets, powerpoints, review videos, etc.)
  • arranging a class visit or workshop close to an assignment due date
  • providing the Writing Center with print or electronic copies of your course assignments and syllabus
  • holding office hours and/or student/instructor conferences in the Writing Center (see an administrator for more info) 
  • visiting the Writing Center to learn more about our services, staff, and resources.

 

SAMPLE SYLLABUS STATEMENT
The UVU Writing Center is a free resource provided to students of all disciplines. Specially trained and certified tutors work one-on-one with students on any assignment at any part of the writing process. While tutors do not correct assignments, they do help student writers identify patterns of errors and discuss revision strategies and address students' writing concerns. The Writing Center is located in the Library, room 208, across the hall from the Copy Center. To contact the front desk, call 801-863-8936 or visit their website at www.uvu.edu/writingcenter.

The Writing Center works on a first-come, first-serve appointment basis, with some availability for drop-in tutoring sessions. 

  • Students may sign up for a maximum of 1 hour of one-on-one tutoring per day, either as one 60-minute session or two 30-minute sessions. Students are limited to 180 minutes (3 hours) of tutoring support per week. 
  • No appointments are not needed to access handbooks, computers, and other Center resources. 
  • Tutorials may be scheduled up to two weeks in advance via the MyWCOnline (www.uvu.mywconline.com) appointment schedule. Patrons are encouraged to bring their assignment guidelines, course syllabus, and any class notes, drafts, or ideas to their sessions. 

 

STUDENT REFERRALS
Writing Center tutors can assist students in need of intensive help on improving their writing skills and abilities, especially on specialized projects. For these students, we recommend scheduling regular, on-going appointments with the same set of tutors. To set up a standing appointment, please have the student contact Writing Center Director Leigh Ann Copas at copasle@uvu.edu or drop by the Writing Center.

REQUIRED VISITS AND EXTRA CREDIT

Please note that while we are eager to work with your students, we must ask that you not require your entire class to come to the Writing Center, offer extra credit for attending tutoring sessions, or ask that tutors assign grades or sign attendance verifications.

We require student writers to take an active role in an extended dialogue, and we've found that when students are required to visit the Writing Center, or are only seeking extra credit, that they are less likely to eagerly participate in this process. Namely, they are often disengaged in the tutorial conversation and are less likely to consider revisions to their drafts, which undermines tutors' abilities to coach effectively. As a result, students feel that their time was wasted, and because our resources are limited, we end up denying tutorials to students interested in receiving feedback on their writing.

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DROPPED-OFF ASSIGNMENTS

The Writing Center invites faculty and staff to drop off copies of their assignment guidelines for our tutors to reference during their tutorial sessions with student writers.

However, we do not accept dropped-off or emailed assignments from students or instructors to correct or provide feedback on. If students cannot meet with tutors in a live, on-campus tutorial, they can schedule a live, online tutorial (synchronous).

Additionally, students should not drop off assignments for instructors, or vice versa, at the Writing Center. Please make the necessary arrangements to have students drop off papers and assignments to your department mailbox or during your office hours. The Writing Center is not responsible for any lost assignments.

 

CENTER ACCREDITATION

Our tutor-training program is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program (ITTP), which is supported through the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Association (CLADEA). All prospective tutors are encouraged to enroll in UVST 3110: Methods and Practices of Tutoring Writing prior to applying to work in the Writing Center.

FACULTY WRITING

The Writing Center offers free assistance to faculty and staff working on writing projects. For more information on how we can help you with your writing, or for assistance with designing course assignments, please contact Faculty Director Dr. Kelsey Hixson-Bowles.

 

WRITING CENTER LIBRARY

The Writing Center provides instructors with FREE access to a variety of scholarship on designing and implementing writing assignments into their courses. Our Center library boasts manuals and guides on generating course syllabi, developing a variety of writing assignments, and methods of assessing student writing. Faculty and staff are invited to peruse our shelves and use our materials in the Writing Center.

For more information on available resources, please visit the Writing Center in the Fulton Library, room 208.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

To stay up-to-date on current trends in Rhetoric and Composition, we recommend checking out the following organizations and websites:

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Modern Language Association Style Center
  • American Psychological Association Style Help
  • WAC Clearing House
  • The Writing Studio @ CSU

Campus Resources

  • Office of Teaching and Learning
  • Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution

Sponsored Campus Conferences

  • Conference on Writing for Social Change
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In collaboration with faculty and students, writing fellows provide practice and specific feedback to help writers develop knowledge, confidence, and skills in disciplinary writing.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Writing Fellows program partners with faculty to assist student writers in developing knowledge, confidence, and disciplinary writing skills. To do this, course-embedded, trained tutors work with specific faculty, courses, and cohorts of students to provide tutoring tailored to the needs of student writers. Fellows provide formative feedback and opportunities for students to practice writing concepts in a supportive and resource-rich setting. In addition to tutoring, Writing Fellows hosts writing workouts and develops resources for writers across the University. In helping writers develop disciplinary writing skills, our program hopes to impact students' ability to meet their personal and professional goals at the University and in the workplace.

PROGRAMMING AND SERVICES

One-on-one Tutoring
One-on-one tutoring is central to the Writing Fellows program. A team of qualified writing  tutors is designated and trained to tutor students within a given discipline and course. One-on-one tutorials are offered in 30-minute or 60-minute intervals and may be conducted in person at the Writing Center or online.


Writing Workouts
Writing Workouts are interactive writing workshops where students from a course learn and practice skills relevant to writing in a given discipline. Writing workouts are typically no more than 50 minutes and cover general concepts (e.g, thesis statements or citation style) or discipline-specific concepts (e.g., IMRaD format, reflective writing, or slide presentations).

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ROLES AND BENEFITS

Our program greatly benefits students, faculty, and fellows in a variety of ways.

Students

Students support their own learning by practicing writing principles and making use of fellows’ feedback on writing assignments. Students provide feedback and participate in program assessment at the beginning and end of the fellowed course. 

 

Using the services of the Writing Fellows program, students receive support in completing course writing assignments and develop as writers within that discipline. Students also have the opportunity to learn the value of collaboration in academic writing and learn skills and develop confidence in writing that can transfer to writing in other courses or in the workplace.

Faculty

Faculty support student learning by teaching content and writing concepts to students, collaborating and communicating with the lead fellow and administrators, and encouraging students to attend one-on-one tutoring sessions and writing workouts. 

 

By participating in the Writing Fellows program, faculty members receive course-connected writing help for their students, gain access to disciplinary writing resources, and help mentor fellows as advanced writers and emerging educators.

Writing Fellows

Writing fellows serve the interests of the students by conducting one-on-one tutoring sessions, leading writing workouts, and attending class once a week. Writing fellows are chosen to work in specific teams which are broken up by discipline. 

 

Writing fellows have the opportunity to work in an academic environment alongside faculty members and develop specific knowledge about writing and tutoring in a given discipline. Working as a writing fellow is a great opportunity for professional development and offers fellows a diverse range of experiences as they further develop as writers and educators.

 

LEARN MORE AND APPLY TO WRITING FELLOWS
More detailed information about the Writing Fellows program can be found in the Writing Fellows Handbook.

 

Interested in learning more about Writing Fellows for your course?

Fill out the UVU Professors' Writing Fellow Application, and the Writing Center Coordinator will contact you.


Know any students that would make great Writing Fellows?

Recommend a Writing Fellow by contacting a program administrator or encouraging your student to apply!