Recommending the UWC to Students
Include a statement in your syllabus that addresses the
importance of written communication skills in all career
fields. For instance, "Communication skills,
both oral and written, are essential to your college and career
success; consequently, I recommend that you attend the
University Writing Center for assistance with the communication
assignments for this class.";
Avoid presenting the University Writing Center to your
students as a form of punishment. We can make a
difference with your students only if they come, and they will
not come if they are embarrassed or degraded into doing
Suggesting that students use the services of the UWC
and/or building in points for using the UWC often works better
than requiring them to attend. We are here to help in any way
we can, and that often means giving students the confidence to
overcome their writing weaknesses and fears.
Identify students early on who seem to be having more
trouble than the rest and discuss how the University Writing
Center can help. If we reach these students early
enough and stress the importance of enhancing their writing
skills, they are more likely to succeed in all their courses.
Remember, though, that the UWC is not only for weaker
Request UWC visits in all your classes early in the
semester. A writing assistant will visit your class,
pass out UWC bookmarks, and explain UWC services. Sometimes
seeing a friendly face makes the difference in getting students
to seek help.
Suggest that your students come to the University
Writing Center for at least two visits for each writing
assignment. We constantly stress to students
that one session will provide a starting point, but multiple
appointments will allow them to make revisions and to get
further feedback each time. Multiple visits will allow students
to address a variety of concerns, such as content,
organization, wording, and grammar, since 25 to 50-minute
sessions usually allow for discussion of only one or two major
areas of concern.
Assist students in being prepared for their sessions
and in having realistic expectations of the sessions.
Students who attend the UWC with assignment sheets and/or notes
on the assignment in hand are more likely to have productive
sessions that help them to meet their needs as writers.
Students need to understand that the UWC is not a "fix-it
shop";; rather, the UWC is a place that attends to their
individual needs as writers, giving feedback and instruction
that they can immediately apply to the assignment at hand as
well as employ in other writing tasks. You can also send
us copies of your assignments for our Assignment Notebook.
Encourage them to join a Creative Writing
Group. They can sign up by calling, emailing, or
dropping by the UWC.
For more information, please call the UWC at
904-8237. You may also email Assistant Director Caty
Chapman directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org. We look
forward to working with you to enrich our students'