The University of Utah Writing Center is a free resource that students at all levels of U can use for their various writing needs.
Whether students are looking for general feedback on their writing, want to brainstorm ideas, are looking for writing tips, or just need more information about an assignment, the Writing Center can help. Students are encouraged to submit their writing from any class, at any stage of the writing process.
Tutors can help students with grammar and punctuation issues, quoting in different styles and identifying weak parts of writing that may need revision.
There are options for students of all educational levels to use the Writing Center. There is one for undergraduates and another for graduate students here at the U.
Anne McMurtrey, the writing center director, wants to clear up any confusion students might have about availability. During the busiest times of the semester, they fill up more than normal, but that’s not something their team can’t handle.
“We are always busy around the mid-terms and finals, but we still have plenty of spots available,” McMurtrey said. “In an ideal world, every tutoring spot would be taken by a U of U student. We want to help as many people as possible!
Although they tend to be busier during graduation weeks, there are still places available for students who wish to use the centre.
And with the current compromised health situations, the Writing Center offers a variety of options for students to get the help they need. They can do a live meeting online, face to face or asynchronously.
A newer resource available to the Writing Center is an online platform called eTutoring. This is a website where students submit articles online and then receive written feedback, without having to travel to campus.
They also offer other Resources on their website for students looking for quick answers to all their questions.
The center has a staff of 16 undergraduate tutors from various disciplines to better assist the student body. Each tutor must complete a semester-long course on topics such as creating inclusive spaces in the writing center and appreciating diverse perspectives.
Students can create a free account at website to keep track of their future appointments and schedule meetings more easily.
“If you have an essay due next week, you can log in now, schedule a meeting with one of our tutors over the next few days to brainstorm or review a draft, and then schedule a second meeting to review as well. your final draft,” McMurtrey said. “We can help students multiple times on the same draft.”
Freshman Rebecca Zortman used the writing center during the fall semester when things got stressful.
“I used the Writing Center because I had very little experience writing longer articles,” Zortman said. “I had a class last semester that required me to write more than two pages.”
Zortman explained that by using this resource, she was able to reduce stress.
“When I heard about the writing center, I felt better about myself because I was really nervous about having to write longer articles,” Zortman said. “I was able to come in and get help when I needed it and they were very supportive. With their help I ended up getting an A in the class.
According to McMurtrey, the number of students receiving help with their writing is growing every year.
“Each year we have 5,200 to 7,800 tutorials between the undergraduate writing center, graduate writing center, and eTutoring,” McMurtrey said. “I anticipate these numbers to grow, as we have expanded our services to include both live and asynchronous online tutoring, in addition to our ever-popular in-person service.”
She explained that the main goal of the writing center is to improve.
“We want to help you develop strategies to make you a better writer and help you see your potential as an academic writer,” McMurtrey said.