{HELP FOR STUDENTS}

Words of Wisdom

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.

— Ira Gassen

The University Writing Center (UWC) can help students with any kind of communication project (written or oral) and at any stage of the composing process.
 



Getting the word out ...

We hope you will ensure your students know about our services and that you will encourage them to take advantage of one-to-one conferences for individualized constructive feedback or to use our online writing and speaking guides.

To encourage attendance, explain that working with a consultant is not the same as getting remediation. Share with students your own process of getting feedback on your work.

If you'd like a consultant to visit your class an explain what we do, make a request for Overview of Services. Give us at least 5 business days notice. 

At the bottom of this page you'll find boilerplate about our services to add to your syllabus.
 



Getting a report

Students who would rather not share information about a writing center visit can relax. We never report students' attendance except in cases where academic integrity is an issue and an active inquiry has been made by a responsible university administrator. 

Students who would like documentation of a writing center consultation may request that their consultant email them a report, which can be forwarded at the students' discretion. They can also contact us to send a report.
 



One-to-One Writing & Speaking Consultations

Our consultants work with students on an individual basis to increase their confidence, help them build up their writing skills, and encourage good writing habits. In consultations with certified peer or professional consultants, we can help students:

  • understand an assignment

  • clarify ideas

  • narrow a topic

  • organize information

  • strengthen arguments

  • consider alternative points of view

  • overcome writer’s block

  • cite and document sources without plagiarizing

  • revise for clarity and coherence

  • edit for brevity

  • proofread for errors

  • practice oral presentations

  • manage collaborative writing projects

We can’t, however, do all of these things in one 45-minute session. Learning to communicate effectively is a slow and labor-intensive process.
 



For graduate students, we also offer:

  • Dissertation and Thesis Advising (DATA). DATA assigns a specific consultant to work with a student for up to 11 sessions (eligibility requires an approved proposal).

  • Writing Retreats. Writing Retreats provide a quiet working environment and include a 1-day retreat for students working on a dissertation or thesis proposal and a 4-day retreat for students working after the proposal has been accepted.

  • Workshops. Various workshops offered throughout the year are geared to graduate student issues such as writing proposals, literature reviews, seminar papers, or articles.
     



For your syllabus . . .

We suggest a statement like the following on your syllabus. Feel free to copy and paste this one for W courses:

The University Writing Center (UWC), located in 214 Evans Library and 205 West Campus Library, offers one-on-one consultations to writers. UWC consultations are highly recommended but are not required. Help is available with brainstorming, researching, drafting, documenting, revising, and more; no concern is too large or too small.  UWC consultants will also help you improve your proofreading and editing skills. If you visit the UWC, take a copy of your writing assignment, a hard copy of your draft or any notes you may have, as well as any material you need help with. To find out more about UWC services or to schedule an appointment, call 458-1455, visit the web page at writingcenter.tamu.edu, or stop by in person.

And for C courses:

The University Writing Center (UWC), located in 214 Evans Library and 205 West Campus Library, offers one-on-one consultations to writers preparing documents, slides, or oral presentations. UWC consultations are highly recommended but are not required. Help is available for all of the steps of the writing and speechwriting process including assistance with brainstorming ideas, narrowing the topic, creating outlines or drafts, and presenting a speech to an audience. UWC consultants can help you practice your speech with a real audience or develop visual presentation aids like slides and handouts. Consultants can also help you improve your proofreading and editing skills. If you visit the UWC, take a copy of your assignment, a hard copy of your draft or any notes you may have, as well as any material you need help with. To find out more about UWC services or to schedule an appointment, call 458-1455, visit the web page at writingcenter.tamu.edu, or stop by in person.

If you have questions or concerns about how we help you or your students, contact UWC Executive Director, Valerie Balester at v-balester@tamu.edu.