What to Expect from Your Session – Writing Center

What to Expect From Your Writing Center Session

The Writing Center is CLOSED for the summer. We will see you in the Fall!

Is the Writing Center for me?
Are you a student at Siena Heights University? Do you have an assignment that requires reading or writing or organizing ideas? If you answered “yes” to these two questions, then the Writing Center is for you! All writers, at any stage of the writing process, at any level, and in any discipline, can benefit from a Writing Center session.

Step1: Schedule an Appointment OR Check Drop-In Hours (<<< available after Sept 3, 2024)

Step 2: Before your appointment
Step 3: At the time of your appointment 
Step 4: After your appointment

What to expect from your visit to the SHU Writing Center
The Writing Center at Siena Heights University is staffed by undergraduate students who are strong writers as well as communicators. WC tutors are trained to help while ensuring that YOU take the lead in the writing process. That is, writing begins with thoughts and ideas, which must come from you–the writer. Therefore, tutors can guide you, but  you will benefit the most from tutoring if you come prepared with things like: the prompt or any guidance given to you from the instructor, written out thoughts and ideas, and/or any questions!

When working with students, WC tutors WILL

  • help students understand assignments
  • guide students through pre-writing strategies
  • encourage students to read their drafts aloud, while asking open-ended questions
  • teach students to edit their own writing by showing them areas that need to be strengthened
  • provide appropriate feedback
  • direct students to helpful resources

Peer Writing Consultants WILL NOT

  • make drastic decisions that alter the entire focus of the papers
  • simply proofread or correct papers for students without explaining why corrections are necessary
  • write passages for students’ papers
  • share private information that is disclosed in essays with other individuals

In other words, the writing center is not simply an editing center. The student who shares their work to the writing center is the WRITER and must take full responsibility for their own writing. There should be no expectation that the tutors will ensure a “good grade” or “fix everything.” Undergraduate writing consultants are not professional editors and should not be used as such.