The writing center isn’t just for students—we support you, too! Here are some ways to get the most benefit out of the writing center:
One great way to introduce students to the writing center is to invite one of us to your classroom. Our staff can explain the basics of our services and present on a variety of additional writing topics depending on your needs. Email us at OWL@utm.edu to schedule an orientation. We ask that visits be scheduled at least a week in advance.
Because our tutors often look at papers assigned by instructors they’ve never had, we rely on our general knowledge and whatever information students provide us when we’re tutoring. To help us refine our advice, please provide the writing center with copies of any prompts, rubrics, samples, or instructions that might help us understand what you want your students to accomplish. Different faculty have different preferences: please tell us everything you can about yours!
Some instructors make writing center visits mandatory and penalize students who don’t go, while others offer extra credit for writing center attendance. We have found over the years that some methods of incorporating our services into courses are more effective than others, so if you want to plan an ideal way to include writing center visits in your grading system, contact our director, Dr. Kelle Alden, for a consultation. If you seek information about a particular student’s sessions, please contact the writing center at OWL@utm.edu. We are able to electronically collect and send data on which of your students used the writing center, so it’s easier than ever to keep track of student sessions.
Scholarship can be a lonely and frustrating process, so please remember that we are happy to read and talk to you about your research as well as any professional documents you are drafting. The best way to encourage students to go to the writing center is to tell students that you’ve used our services. It’s also the best way to understand how our sessions tend to look and what they accomplish.
Our staff and students are qualified to give talks on a number of writing concepts including, but not limited to:
Whenever you need a knowledgeable guest speaker, please contact us at OWL@utm.edu to schedule a classroom visit. We ask that visits be scheduled at least a week in advance.
The writing center is open to collaborating with faculty and departments across campus to help students in any field develop their writing skills. If you have an idea for a project, contact our director.