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FAQs

Questions about what we do:

  • Does the Writing Center hold workshops?
    • Occasionally throughout the semester, the Writing Center will hold workshops in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). They will be taught by an experienced Writing Center tutor and will vary in content from MLA documentation to thesis statements. Please check our calendar for upcoming events.
  • Can I require students to attend the Writing Center?
    • Yes, you can require students to come to the Writing Center. If you are planning on requiring your students to come to the Writing Center for a particular assignment, please contact us so that we may be fully prepared. It is also helpful to send us an assignment sheet in advance; this will help us guide your students as best we can. There is a Learning Assistance Center stamp that tutors can use to sign and date a student’s paper to show that he/she came to the Writing Center.
  • Will I get feedback about students who use the Writing Center?
    • The Writing Center does not automatically send word to faculty when their students come in. If faculty would like, they can request that we send send a receipt or overview of a student’s visit. Please contact us if you would like this service.

How We Work With Your Students

What we do:

  • In a typical session, a tutor will begin by asking what he/she can do to help with a student’s writing assignment. From there, the tutor will engage the student in a dialogue about his/her writing. Tutoring sessions are student-centered and focused on active learning, meaning that tutors will not tell students what to correct. Instead, tutors will guide students as they navigate through the writing process.

What we won’t do:

  • Students maintain complete responsibility for their writing; therefore, tutors will not write, edit/proofread, type, or grade student papers. Tutors are also not responsible for coming to your class to teach lessons; workshops will be available throughout the semester in the Writing Center.

Services Provided

  • Classroom Presentations
    • The Writing Center will gladly come to your classroom to do a five to ten-minute presentation about our services. To schedule a classroom orientation, e-mail us at writing.center@smcmail.maricopa.edu or call: 602.305.5871.
  • Writing Center Orientation
    • At any time during the semester, faculty can schedule a Writing Center visit for their students. A tutor will give classes a tour of the Writing Center along with a brief demonstration of our services. To schedule an orientation, e-mail us at writing.center@smcmail.maricopa.edu or call 602.305.5871.
  • Workshops
    • Throughout the semester, the Writing Center will provide free workshops for students. These workshops will be taught by our experienced tutors and will range in content from MLA documentation to thesis statements. Please check our calendar for upcoming events.

Suggested text for syllabi or assignment sheets:

  • The Writing Center: One excellent resource for writing assistance is South Mountain Community College’s new Writing Center. The center offers FREE help with many aspects of writing from brainstorming a topic to MLA documentation. No appointment is necessary.
  • Location: Learning Resource Center (LRC)
  • Hours:

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Information: Visit us in the Writing Center or call 602.305.5871.

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