Nope, it’s not a date. 1615 is the number of appointments that the Writing Center held this year! Thank you to all of the students and faculty who visited or recommended us. And a big thank you to all of the tutors who made the Center such a welcoming and helpful place!
We’ve had a busy April so far at the center, holding over 200 consultations in the first three weeks! We anticipate an even busier week as students bring in their final papers and prepare for exams. Right now we’re only about 50 consultations away from hitting our goal of 1500 for the academic year!
The ENG 110 Lab is also quite busy. Students are rushing to get their final papers in, which will be the portfolio paper that will be scored at the end of the semester. Preparations are being made to administer the end-of-semester assessments, the survey and grammar test.
The Writing Center will be hosting writer and poet Angela Jackson-Brown. Ms. Brown will be giving two writing workshops (1pm Thursday and 11am Friday) open to the entire Shaw community. She will be reading on Thursday at 7pm. The reading will be followed by an open mic session. Come join us for these activities!
During the week of February 24th, the Writing Center celebrated hosting 1000 sessions! We’ve surpassed our initial goal of 500 appointments this year, and are well on our way to our new goal: 1500!
With fifteen classes coming to the Writing Center weekly and 750 consultations, this semester was busy! We more than doubled the number of consultations from last year (the entire academic year!) in just this one semester. 381 unique students came to see us, which is approximately 18.5% of the student body. We hope to raise that to 20% in Spring 2014!
The ENG 110 classes went well–survey results showed that ~80% of students strongly agreed or agreed that the Lab had helped with each of the 5 Student Learning Outcomes (developing a main idea, organization, style, conventions, and revision). As with the previous semester, the group work and individualized instruction were the most highly-rated activities.
Many activities throughout the semester focused on organization and style, as those were two areas that were weak in pretests. We wrote many paragraphs, learned different strategies for outlining, and practiced varying sentence structure (which is much more fun than it sounds). Here’s an example:
“The dog ran toward his owner.” turns into “Slobbering, the dog bounded toward his owner, a man in a plaid shirt.”
Activities like this and the hard work of tutors, professors, and students all contributed to making this semester a success!
The activities that worked best for me were the ones that allowed us to work
together and revise our papers.
-from an ENG 110 student describing what worked best in the Lab.
Both peer tutors and professional tutors are preparing to work in the Writing Center this fall. With an expanded staff, the center will be open from 8 am until at least 7pm Monday through Thursday. Having new tutors also means that we have more specializations available. We have a tutor who is a Criminal Justice major, one who is a graduate student, and one who is a Kinesiotherapy major, just to name a few! Our professional tutors bring years of experience teaching at colleges and universities across the country, from Florida to Hawaii to Georgia to our own Johnston County. They also have specializations and are ready to help students, faculty, and staff with whatever writing projects the new school year brings.
Look for more posts highlighting our tutors soon.
They helped me to plan my work more and be organized with my work.
ENG 110 preliminary survey results are in! The quote above is from a student in the Writing Lab. Here are a few other comments about what students enjoyed the most about the Lab:
I would have to say the peer review.
the personal attention.
one on one time with the tutors
The group activities involving writings and picking them a part.
working on my thesis statements, making them stronger and revising papers
I LOVE Peer-review. I’ve never done it before, but i did enjoy it.
–keep looking for more results this summer!