The primary goal of the Writing Center is to help students become better writers, not just immediately to compose better papers. As Writing Center consultants, we will help students become better editors of their own work so that they can draft clear, well-written papers, but we will not write, revise, or edit papers for students.

Writing Center consultants want to help students in the following ways:

  • teach students to identify both strengths and weaknesses in their compositions, not provide help just in hopes of earning a higher grade on a paper about to be submitted
  • teach students how to find and correct their own errors
  • advise students about the following features of essay writing:
    • introductory paragraphs:
      • lead-in
      • thesis/controlling idea
      • sub-points
    • body paragraphs:
      • development/support of the thesis
      • primary examples and secondary support
      • organization and transitions
      • sentence structure and variety
      • word choice, grammar, and punctuation
    • conclusions:
      • thesis restatement
      • illustration
      • recommendation of a course of action
      • chronological wind-up
      • prediction
      • quotation and/or dialogue

Consultants can assist students better if students bring a draft of their work to the Writing Center at least a week before the assignment is due.

Students, not Writing Center consultants, are responsible for the work submitted to instructors.