Southern Adventist University Writing Center McKee Library Lower Level
Hours: Sundays ~ Thursdays 1 – 9 p.m.
- Current SAU students only.
- Only one thirty-minute session per student per day.
- Exception: Graduate students and students with papers longer than ten pages may sign up for an hour-long session (if needed and if time is available).
- Appointments can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance.
- Students without an appointment (“walk-ins”) will be helped if a tutor is available.
- Three missed appointments result in forfeiture of sign-up ability (being limited to walk-in status).
What We Do
- We do work one-on-one with students to improve their writing.
- We do coach students on techniques to develop their writing skills and become more confident and competent writers.
- We do help students learn English grammar and mechanics (in the context of their writing).
- We do refer students to online resources useful in improving writing skills.
- We do discuss ideas students have about their assignments and help students arrive at proper organization for their essays.
- We do focus first on organization and structure before discussing grammar and mechanics.
- We do read papers and tell students if they contain grammatical or mechanical errors, but without pointing out each instance of those errors in papers.
- We do help students to format source material according to specific citation style directives.
- We do regard all information in papers as confidential.
What We Do Not Do
- We do not “fix” a student’s paper.
- We do not discuss a grade assigned to a paper by the student’s instructor.
- We do not predict the grade an instructor may assign.
- We do not write (or rewrite) sentences, paragraphs, or papers for students.
- We do not claim to be infallible or all-knowing (tutors, as humans, are capable of error).
What Students Should Do
- Students should set up sessions well before their paper is due and make more than one appointment if necessary to answer all of their questions.
- Students should call if they must cancel a session.
- Students should expect to be physically and mentally present during sessions.
- Students should bring a clean, printed copy of their paper, free of handwritten comments.
- Students should bring the assignment sheet for their paper.
- Students should ask specific questions regarding their writing style or paper during a session.
- Students should accept the responsibility of proofreading and editing their own papers.
- Students should make any necessary changes to their paper discussed during a session.
2020 Corona Virus Update
This semester, the Writing Center and the Tutoring Center will offer students the choice of either face-to-face or Zoom appointments.
Writing Center Information
The Writing Center, located on the 1st floor of the library, provides free writing support for Southern students. The Center is staffed by a full-time director and experienced undergraduate tutors from a variety of academic disciplines. Writing tutors meet student writers wherever they are in the writing process and provide thoughtful feedback about their writing projects. While writing tutors don’t edit papers for students, they do help students identify the strengths and weaknesses in the draft and provide suggestions on how to strengthen the paper. After the appointment, the tutor writes a report about the session and emails it to the student. Students may request that their professor also receive an email of the report.
The Writing Center, located in the library, provides free writing support for Southern students at all levels, on all kinds of projects, and at any stage of the writing process. Writing tutors are trained to respond to writing assignments from across the curriculum and can help writers with brainstorming, paragraph development, organization, grammar, citation, the conventions of academic writing, English as a Second Language, and issues of clarity and style. Schedule a 50-minute face-to-face or Zoom appointment at https://southern.mywconline.com or call the Center for assistance at 423.236.2014. Hours: Sunday 4 PM-8 PM, Monday-Thursday 9 AM-8 PM, Friday 9 AM-1 PM.
Writing Center Services
- If you would like for a tutor to visit your class for 5 min. to provide your students with information about the Writing Center, please let me know so that I can arrange for a class visit.
I have created a 10 min. PowerPoint video on APA Style 7th edition. If you would like to provide the link to your students, let me know. I will soon have videos available on Chicago Style and Scholarly Writing.
Tutoring Center Information
The Tutoring Center, located on the 3rd floor of the library, offers free academic support to any Southern student. All tutors are students who have demonstrated mastery in the course and are recommended by their department. The Center provides tutoring for more than 70 upper and lower division courses, as well as tutoring to help students with ACT preparation. The Center also provides academic coaching sessions to help students with the following: studying and learning more effectively, managing time, and understanding the student’s learning style. After a tutoring appointment, the tutor writes a report about the session and emails it to the student. Students may request that their professor also receive an email of the report.
The Tutoring Center, located in the library, offers free peer tutoring for more than 70 lower and upper division courses. Students can meet with a tutor to review principles, learn content-specific study strategies, and enhance content area knowledge. Schedule a 50-minute face-to-face or Zoom appointment at https://southern.mywconline.com or call the Center for assistance at 423.236.2578. All appointments need to be scheduled at least one day in advance.
Tutoring Center Services
Embedded Tutor Program: If you teach a historically difficult course, for which students tend to need tutoring, and have more than 30 students in the course, you may want to consider requesting an embedded tutor. Embedded tutors will have successfully completed the course with a grade of B+ or higher. The tutor would attend your course 2 hours per week and make himself or herself available for tutoring at least 6 hours per week. The tutor does not take the role of TA; rather, the tutor is the face for the Tutoring Center and takes the role of tutor both in and outside of the classroom.