Are you sometimes surprised by the discrepancy between your expectations regarding student assignments and the quality of work you receive?
Do you find it hard to teach students how to write in the style of your discipline because it seems intuitive to you?
Do you find it difficult to discern when a student does not understand a concept and when she is having difficulty with a language barrier?
Here’s how the Writing Centre (TWC) can help:
Writing instruction is most effective when integrated into the disciplinary context. Therefore, the Writing Centre Manager, Dr. Laurie Waye, is also available to consult with instructors in building a discipline-specific assignment in order to meet the instructor’s teaching goals and the learning needs of his or her students. This assignment can then serve as a building block for the course and program. She also offers advice on giving effective feedback on written assignments. Laurie can be contacted at TWCdir@uvic.ca or by phone at (250)472-5662.
Dr. Laurie Waye, the Manager of the Writing Centre, is delighted to work with instructors to develop co-taught classes on academic writing. Please note that due to budget restrictions, TWC is no longer able to offer in-class workshops. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Laurie Waye or call 250-472-5662.
In a nutshell, what can the Writing Centre do for instructors?
- We can help your students become better writers.
- We have a First-Year Writing Specialist, Michael Lukas, who provides one-on-one tutoring in residence two evenings a week and workshops geared toward the particular needs of first-year students.
- The Manager can meet with you to rework your course writing assignments and make your feedback on written assignments more effective.
- We can provide resources that you can add to your Moodle shell and a sample syllabus statement regarding academic integrity.
Can students drop off their papers at the Writing Centre?
No. TWC is not an editing service. Students need to work with a tutor over a period of time in order to see improvement in their writing. If students need to hire an editor, we recommend they choose a professional editor who is registered with the Professional Editors' Association of Vancouver Island.
Who are we?
Read about the tutors’ backgrounds and specialties.
What’s our mandate?
To read our policy and mandate, click here.
What do we offer to graduate students?
Click here to read more about what we offer for graduate students.
What do we offer to undergraduate students?
If you’d like to know more about what we offer for undergraduate students, click here.
How do students make an appointment? How can I make an appointment to see the Coordinator or Director?
Students make appointments online by following this link. If you would like to meet with the Coordinator to discuss support for your students, helping your graduate students set up a writing group, and so on, email Laurie Waye or call 250-472-5662.
Can you come to my class?
To inform students of TWC services, tutors are available to visit classes early in the semester or when a major writing assignment is underway. As well, tutors and the Coordinator can visit your class to talk about revising strategies, composing literature reviews, organizing the writing of a research paper, and so on. Instructors may contact Laurie Waye for more information.
Why don’t students require a permission form anymore?
In early 2008, the Learning and Teaching Centre Advisory Council, the First-Year Course Instructors’ Council, and the English Language Proficiency Working Group agreed that, by default, students no longer need instructor permission to visit the Writing Centre. With the consent of these three bodies, the change of policy was approved by the Provost’s office. The change is the result of instructor frustration at having to fill out multiple consent forms, as well as a lack of clarity regarding what permission entails. However, if you would prefer to not have your students visit the Writing Centre, please contact the Coordinator to have this information posted in the Writing Centre.
The Writing Centre - 250-853-3675 - firstname.lastname@example.org- Rooms 135K, L and M in the McPherson Library - Open Monday through Saturday