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Words of Wisdom

My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper. That's heaven. That's gold and anything else is just a waste of time.

— Cormac McCarthy

The University Writing Center 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. 

For your syllabus . . .

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

The mission of the University Writing Center (UWC) is to help you develop and refine the communication skills vital to success in college and beyond. You can choose to work with a trained UWC peer consultant in person or via web conference or email. Consultants can help with everything from lab reports to application essays and at any stage of your process, from brainstorming to reviewing the final draft. You can also get help with public speaking, presentations, and group projects. The UWC’s main location is on the second floor of Evans Library; there’s also a walk-in location on the second floor of the Business Library & Collaboration Commons.  To schedule an appointment or view our helpful handouts and videos, visit writingcenter.tamu.edu. Or call 979-458-1455.

Getting a report

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. One-to-one consultations can occur in person or via web conferencing. We also can consult via email but without the give-and-take of real time. In consultations with certified peer 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)assigns a specific consultant to work with a student for up to 10 sessions.

  • Writing Retreats provide a quiet working environment for students working on a dissertation or thesiafter the proposal has been accepted.

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

If you have questions or concerns about how we help you or your students, contact us at writingcenter@tamu.edu.
 

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