The Writing Center
Located: A.O.K. Library, first floor, behind the Reference Desk
Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm
Friday 10am to 2pm
Opens: September 10th at 10am
Closes: last day of classes at 1pm
The Writing Center provides tutoring in writing to all UMBC students. You can bring in a writing assignment for any UMBC course as well as seek help with resumes, application essays
(or personal statements) and letters, and personal writing. Tutoring from peers is available on a walk-in basis. The Writing Center's goal is to help you become an independent writer as you work
with a tutor on these writing issues:
- The generation of ideas
- Thesis statements and paper unity
- Content that is clear and adequately developed
- Introductions and conclusions
- Transition and coherence
- Sentence and paragraph structure
- Spelling, grammar, writing mechanics
- Other important writing issues
In a tutoring session, you have the opportunity to receive an objective view of your writing from a friendly and skilled writer. Another person's opinion is always helpful! As a result of your discussion with the tutor, troublesome writing can become stronger and strong writing can become even better.
A writing session usually lasts about 45 minutes so plan to spend that amount of time. To help you experience a productive session - Bring the assignment sheet for the paper - Bring two copies of a typed draft (if possible) - Allow time to revise your paper after the session. - Be open to a session that will help you become a strong and independent writer.
Tutors do NOT just proofread or correct papers.
The Writing Center Tutors
Writing tutors have been recommended by an English professor, have submitted writing samples, and, after acceptance, have been trained in English 395 (The Tutoring Internship), an academic course that deals with writing theory and pedagogy and also teaches effective tutoring methods. While taking the course, the students work as tutor interns in the Writing Center, learning from this practicum and from working with experienced tutor mentors.
Once they complete the course, the 395 students are then hired as writing tutors. They may take additional tutor training through the LRC's nationally recognized College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Certification Program. Multiple writing tutors have achieved Master Tutor status. The writing tutors represent a variety of majors and minors at UMBC and, like all LRC tutors, must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
The Writing Center Director
Anissa Sorokin is the new Director of the Writing Center as well as a writing instructor in the English Department. Ms. Sorokin co-teaches English 395 for writing tutors and teaches an extension of that class, English 495, to further writing tutors' education. Ms. Sorokin can be reached in the LRC at 410-455-3291 (voice mail), in the Writing Center, or by email at email@example.com .