Classroom teaching faculty play an important role in providing writing assistance to their students during office hours and are often the best initial resource for students who are seeking clarification on an assignment, an explanation of a grade or written feedback, or suggestions for improving a draft as they are revising. Faculty also play an important role in suggesting that students seek writing assistance from elsewhere on campus and help connect their students with available resources.
The Writing Center should be a student's first point of contact if general writing assistance is needed. Our staff will assess the student's needs to determine which option for assistance best fits their needs and will refer students, when needed, to seek additional guidance from a librarian, content tutoring from the Learning Commons, or feedback on a resume or career-related document from Career and Employment Services.
Helping Students Make Effective Use of the Writing Center
Students need guidance in how to make effective use of the variety of services offered on LCC's campus, including the Writing Center. Faculty and staff can play a vital role in this process by helping students better understand our services as they prepare for a visit. If you have required that your students visit the Writing Center, please specify for them whether you have a preference for a specific type of assistance. Students have options to work with us face-to-face, in WebEx, or through D2L chat. They also have an option of working with a student Writing Assistant or a Professional Tutor. If you require a specific session format or an appointment with a specific type of staff member, this should be communicated to student before they schedule an appointment. See more information below about our staff. Download our tip sheet for more information on specific things you can do to ensure that your students have productive and successful visits with us.
Who Works in the Writing Center
The Writing Center is staffed by student Writing Assistants and Professional Tutors. All members of our staff work with students by appointment. All staff have completed training specific to writing center pedagogy and best practices. We do not routinely distinguish between staff type when scheduling appointments unless the student has specifically requested a Writing Assistant or a Tutor.
Proof of Visit/ Reflection Form
The Writing Center does not permit staff to sign students' papers as a proof of their visit. Instead, we encourage faculty who need evidence of Writing Center visits to ask students for the date and time of their visit, the first name of the staff member who assisted them, and a brief description of the assistance they received. A simple student reflection form is available for downloading by clicking the link below. Faculty can feel free to customize it in any way that suits their needs. Verification of student visits may also be obtained by calling us at 517-483-1907 or emailing us at email@example.com.
Responding to the Writing of Non-native English Speakers
With the understanding that expectations vary among academic disciplines, classes and instructors, our ESOL colleague, Denise Warner, has worked with the Writing Center to provide some guidance for faculty who often feel challenged in responding to the writing of non-native English speaking students. Please Download our tip sheet for more information that might be useful in evaluating the writing of non-native English speakers.
The Writing Center
Fall and Spring Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.