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The Writing Center

The Writing Center

Faculty FAQs

 
 

Faculty FAQs

How can a writing consultant help my students improve their writing skills?

Writing Center sessions are designed to assist writers in improving their ability to write and revise independently.  Students are allowed two sessions a day, but sessions cannot be back-to-back, which gives students the time needed to revise.  They can make an appointment or walk in for a 30-minute session.

Sessions focus on fostering overall skills rather than on correcting errors in one specific paper. Writing consultants can help writers identify issues of style and mechanics; however, they do not edit or proofread. After a 30 minute session, in which the writer and consultant work on one or two goals defined by the writer, students are expected to produce writing independently.

How can I encourage my students to visit the Writing Center?

You can share the link to the Writing Center website with your students and tell them about our hours of operation. You might also wish to bring your class to the Center (especially during the first week or two of the semester) so they will know where it is located.  They will find that it is a pleasant facility with friendly staff members, which may help to alleviate any anxiety about visiting the Center for assistance with their writing assignments.

In addition, we will be happy to arrange a time for a writing consultant to visit your class to explain how the Writing Center can help students improve their writing skills.  Consultants can also present on specific writing issues to your class. For more information, please email writing@fgcu.edu or call (239)590-7141. 

How can I refer a student to the Writing Center?

The FGCU Writing Center welcomes referrals, verbally or in writing, from any discipline. For our writing consultants to best assist students, we ask that when you refer a student, you specify which areas of their writing you would like them to work on. If you refer a student and want to see if the student has completed a session, the student may request that the session notes be emailed to you.

How can I find out if one of my students has visited the Writing Center?

If you refer or require a student to visit the Writing Center, you are welcome to visit or contact the Center to find out when the student visited and what was covered in the session. Or, the student may ask the consultant to have session notes emailed to you.

Can a Writing Center staff member present in my class?

Yes. If your class is struggling with a writing assignment or specific writing skills, a writing consultant can visit your classroom to deliver a presentation or facilitate a workshop. For more information, email writing@fgcu.edu or call (239) 590-7141.  

Does the Writing Center offer workshops? Can I require my students to attend?

Each semester, the Writing Center offers multiple workshops on topics that students, faculty, and writing consultants have identified as problematic areas for student writers. Workshops are typically an hour long, and students are not required to register in advance. Click here to see our workshop schedule.

You are welcome to require student attendance at these workshops; however, we ask that if you will be requiring an entire class to attend a workshop, please notify us so that we can make arrangements for an adequate space. (Please email writing@fgcu.edu the number of students you expect to attend.)  

If I am teaching a distance learning course, can my students still utilize the Writing Center?

Yes. Students who are taking a distance learning course and who are unable to visit the Writing Center in person may take advantage of our online sessions.  Please see our online session page

Are there teaching/writing resources for faculty?

Yes. Please click here for more information.  If you would like a resource we do not currently offer, please email writing@fgcu.edu to discuss how we can support you.