Room 242 Humanities
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a.m. - 12:00 noon
p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
an Appointment | Preparing
for the Regents' Test | Information
for ELL and International Students |
and Resources | Just
for Faculty ...
Writing Center is more than a free service available to all
members of the university community; it is a place where anyone
who writes—those who love it, those who struggle with
it, and everyone in between—can come for help in becoming
a better writer. In fact, that is the goal of the Writing
Center: to produce not just better writing but better writers
The Writing Center is also a welcoming place—we
have coffee, comfy chairs, and a computer lab for general
use. Our tutors (faculty and students) are friendly and eager
to sit down and discuss any aspect of your writing with you.
Please click on the scheduling link below
to set up an appointment for help in writing in any discipline,
at any stage of the writing process. Instruction can include
(but is not limited to) the following: topic development,
drafting, grammar, punctuation, research writing, and documenting
sources. Writing Center sessions focus on revision and learning
rather than on editing or proofreading, but our tutors are
always happy to show you how you can better apply these skills
to your own work.
We look forward to seeing you in the Writing
—The WC Staff
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for the Regents' Test
The Writing Center provides students with
introductory information and instruction on the essay portion
of the Regents' Test. Students must register and take the
Regents' Test after they have earned 30 credit hours. Registration
is available on-line during normal registration periods.
We suggest the following steps to prepare
for taking the test:
before your test date, download and review this information
Under timed conditions and following the guidelines in the
information packet, write a practice essay (or write several
until you “get the hang of it”).
Schedule an appointment with a Writing Center tutor to review
one practice essay; we can discuss the strong and weak points
of your essay and offer suggestions for how you might address
both when taking the actual exam.
For more information on KSU guidelines
for the Regents' Test, please read pages 5-7 of the University-Wide
more information about the Regents' Exam, including an extensive
list of essay topics, visit the Board of Regents' Testing
Program website at http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwrtp/.
for ELL and International Students
Writing Center welcomes ELL and International students and
can provide those students with help in understanding conventions
such as argument, idiom, structure, and style that often can
provide particular challenges for these learners.
remind all students that while Writing Center tutors can assist
students with understanding sentence-level errors, tutors
do NOT proofread or edit student work. Additionally, tutors
are not experts in disciplinary subject matter or reading.
and International students may want to visit the ESL Study
and Tutorial Center for additional help in reading, writing,
advisement, and Regents' test preparation. Contact David Schmidt,
ESL Study Center Coordinator, at (770) 423-6377, or visit
For Faculty ...
Writing Center serves as an important resource for faculty
interested in enhancing or simply examining their teaching
or use of writing in their courses. Writing Center instruction
supports the process of peer review and multiple drafts/revision
but in no way replaces instructor feedback. The Writing Center
encourages writing across the curriculum and serves as a resource
center for the practical and theoretical aspects of composition
the Writing Center Can Help You
The Writing Center Library houses an extensive
collection of thematic and rhetorical readers, rhetorics,
literary anthologies, texts on teaching writing with literature
and teaching creative writing, and current writing handbooks,
including the official MLA, APA, and Chicago style manuals.
Books on all aspects of composition and rhetorical theory
and practice, including information on basic and ELL writers,
literacy studies, linguistics, argumentation, writing centers,
and writing across the curriculum also are available.
One-on-one consultations may be arranged
to discuss particularly challenging student writing. Studies
indicate that when teachers and tutors communicate, student
success is increased. Writing Center tutors are happy to discuss
tutorial sessions in more depth when appropriate, offering
insight into student perceptions of assignments, comments,
Session reports in which tutors summarize
the work done in a student tutoring session are sent to faculty
so they (1) know that a student has visited the Center and
(2) can better understand and support efforts to improve the
You Can Help the Writing Center Help Your Students
and foremost, tell your students about the Writing Center!
Informational handouts on the Writing Center are available
for distribution to your classes, and you can schedule a
tutor “outreach” visit to your class so that
students can receive a “personal” introduction
to the Center. To obtain handouts or schedule an outreach,
please contact Mary Lou Odom at email@example.com.
students understand the protocol and mission of the Writing
Center. Remind them to make appointments to see
a tutor and to adhere to the policies found on the Writing
Center 's homepage and posted in the Center. Please
do not make the Writing Center a “requirement”
for your entire class. Students get little out
of Writing Center instruction when they feel forced to be
there or perceive the visit as remediation or punishment.
Such requirements also can make it impossible for other
students from other classes to be seen at all. Do encourage
use of the Center to all students and strongly advocate
a visit for those individuals who are in the greatest need
students to see the Writing Center as a site of teaching
and learning by avoiding suggestions that it is
a place where papers are “checked,” “proofread,”
or “edited.” Please do not have students “make-up”
missed peer reviews or other class elements with a visit
to the Writing Center.
let us know how we're doing. If you're pleased with a session,
tell us! If you have concerns, we'd like to know that too.
Keeping the lines of communication open is essential to helping
each other help our student writers.