Writing Coaching for Residential Students
COVID-19 Update: The Writing Center has provided a way for our coaches to connect with you virtually through Microsoft Teams. If you prefer to not attend coaching in person, prefer to not wear a face mask, or if you are unable to wear a face mask due to medical concerns, please schedule a virtual coaching appointment. There will also be in-person coaching options, but due to the sizes of our coaching spaces, 6 feet of distancing cannot be maintained in the coaching appointments. For in-person appointments, both you and your coach will need to wear a face mask for the appointment. Please see the section below titled “Writing Coaching Appointments” for the Instructional Resources on how to schedule an appointment and navigate Microsoft Teams.
The Residential Writing Center wants to help you build writing skills to serve you in your classes and future careers. Our peer coaches are highly trained to help you wherever you are in the writing process, from brainstorming to preparing your papers for submission. We offer one-on-one appointments to current residential students as well as a Writing Lab, which is a flexible environment where students can get assistance during the drafting process.
Writing Coaching Appointments
Please see the below documents for instructions on how to schedule appointments in Compass and how to attend digital Writing Center appointments through Microsoft Teams.
- How to Schedule or Cancel an Appointment in Compass
- Compass Instructional Video:
- Microsoft Teams Appointment Instructions
- Microsoft Teams Instructional Video:
Before making an appointment, take a moment to get to know our writing coaches. All of our writing coaches are current undergraduate or graduate students who write well in their major area of study and have a desire to help others succeed. When you come in to your appointment, bring an unmarked copy of your paper, any research you have conducted, and your professor’s instructions/rubric.
If you are unable to attend one of your scheduled appointments, we appreciate if you let our office know by cancelling your appointment in Compass. Please be advised there is a 24-hour cancellation policy.
Open Monday-Friday 12-5 p.m. in Jerry Falwell Library 261E
The Writing Lab is an additional form of assistance the Writing Center provides. Located in the Jerry Falwell Library 260 suite, the Writing Lab provides a space for you to work on writing assignments where a Writing Coach is on call to answer any quick questions you may have as they arise. You are not required to reserve a slot to visit the Writing Lab, so you may drop in any time during our open hours. Please bring your own laptop and any relevant assignment materials.
While the Writing Lab is a beneficial service, it is not designed to replace one-on-one appointments or Writing Coaching visits for class credit. If you would like undivided attention to your writing, or if your class is requiring (or offering extra credit for) coming to visit us, please make an appointment through Compass.
Services for Professors
The Writing Center offers in-class presentations and other options to help orient your students in writing a paper, writing using specific formatting, and all our services. If you schedule a presentation with us, we’ll send a trained presenter to your class in order to display a complete visual presentation and discuss the topic(s) of your choice.
- Introduction to The Writing Center 5 min. presentation on our services and how we can improve any writer
- Paper Writing-From Start to Finish. 20-50 min. presentation writing a great paper for an academic setting
- Formatting an Academic Paper. 10-20 min. presentation formatting a paper for MLA, APA, or Turabian.
- The Writing Center for Credit. Create a program with the writing center in which your students can earn regular or extra credit for visiting us. We keep records of every visit to The Writing Center and will be able to report to you which students visited us at which times at any point throughout the semester.
- Borrow-a-Coach. Request assistance with a peer review in your class. Coaches are able to assist individual students in the classroom with content, logical flow, grammatical concepts, format, paragraph unity, structure, and more.
- Resource Request. Request a specific resource for us to build and put on our website.
- Special Training Event. Request a custom workshop. We support departments and classes with specially-tailored workshops on writing, formatting, and more.
If you are requesting a presentation, include the topic(s) of presentation, your class name, location, and preferred time. If you are requesting another service, please give us as much detail as possible.
In order to serve your students best, we ask that all professor requests be made at least a week in advance.
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Associated Graduate Courses (GRST 501)
GRST 501 “Graduate Success Strategies” is an extremely beneficial required course for all residential graduate students who are placed on Academic Warning or Probation. The course is designed to be taken in conjunction with at least one other course and to help you obtain the mindset, support resources, and graduate-level writing skills to succeed in both academics and life.
The majority of GRST 501 takes place online. This course does not require purchasing a separate textbook (the textbook is integrated into the course and covered by the $125 course fee) and has a pass/fail format that will not affect your GPA. Full details can be found on ASIST.
“I headed to the Writing Center to receive help on Turabian formatting in my Global Studies class. I was very nervous to write a longer paper in Turabian format; however, my writing coach gave me an excellent overview of the specific format and provided tips and tricks to help organize my paper’s footnotes. I will definitely be coming back!” – Isabella
“I loved the feedback that they gave back and how they answered the questions I had. Every time I went, I left knowing what I would do next with my paper.” – Hatangimana
“I love that this is available to me. My Writing Center coach was amazing and helped me so much. With her by my side, I was able to see my own mistakes and fix them! I’m so grateful that the Writing Center exists. Thank you!” – Anna
“It was a great service to take advantage of! I had written quite a few college level papers for high school, but it was nice to make sure I was still applying those same writing skills here. I like that it was not just format or citation issues that we went over: we over-viewed my whole paper and how it came together.” – Kristen
“The coach I spoke with was super helpful! Not only in assisting me with understanding a format I’m not familiar with, but also with helping me understand the instructions as a whole. Great experience.” – Julianne
“I always use the Writing Center when I have a paper due. The coaches are well-informed and help with the common grammar mistakes I make. They also help me have clear, concise wording.” – Stephanie