Ways to Encourage Students to Visit the Writing Centre 

  1. Include a Writing Centre statement on your syllabi. Here are statements you can copy and paste:
     

TWU Writing Centre (Undergraduate)

The Writing Centre is available to assist all students with their academic writing assignments in any subject at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to editing. This is a free service. In-person one-on-one coaching sessions are available Monday to Thursday. To make an appointment visit www1.twu.ca/writingcentre. Fridays are Studio Days; students can drop in to work on papers and ask questions between 9am-4pm. Online writing support is offered through WriteAway. Students can submit up to three drafts of a paper, and the online tutors will provide feedback and resources to help improve the writing. Find out more at https://writeaway.ca/. For more information, visit twu.ca/writing-centre or contact writingcentre@twu.ca.

TWU Writing Centre (Graduate)

The Writing Centre is available to assist all students with their academic writing assignments in any subject at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to editing. This is a free service. In-person one-on-one coaching sessions are available Monday to Thursday. To make an appointment visit www1.twu.ca/writingcentre. Fridays are Studio Days; students can drop in to work on papers and ask questions between 9am-4pm. Online Graduate Sessions are also available with video conferencing and document sharing. For more information, visit twu.ca/writing-centre or contact writingcentre@twu.ca.

2. Request a brief class visit. A writing coach can visit your class, explain the services, and answer questions. Email writingcentre@twu.ca to request a visit.

3. Request an embedded tutoring session. Do you have a lesson plan that incorporates an in-class writing activity? Would it be beneficial to have the support of a writing coach in this lesson? Email writingcentre@twu.ca to request an embedded tutoring session.

4. Recommend or require writing sessions. Since the 1980s, numerous studies have shown positive correlations between one-on-one writing consultations and improved student writing. Recent Writing Centre studies have found positive correlations in grades, retention, and persistence after three sessions. After five different assessments over five years, Lennie Irvin reflects, “Three [writing] tutoring sessions represents a threshold where the efficacy of tutoring moves from being satisfactory to being more significant–particularly for students in introductory classes”[1]. Besides this positive research, every time students come to the Writing Centre, regardless of the outcome, they are guaranteed individualized writing support. For this reason, many faculty members find it beneficial to recommend or require student visits.


[1] Irvin, L. L. (2014). What a difference three tutoring sessions make: Early reports of efficacy from a young writing center. Writing Lab Newsletter, 39(1-2), 1-5. Retrieved from https://wlnjournal.org/