Working Online for the Spring of 2021
Given the adjustments necessary due to COVID-19, the USF Wring Center's services are being provided entirely online for at least the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. When writers make an appointment through our online scheduling platform, they will be asked to select between two different types of appointments.
eTutoring Appointments: If a writer selects eTutoring, the bottom of the appointment form will provide space to upload up to three (3) documents. Typically, we ask that writers upload two (2) documents: a copy of the assignment sheet and a draft of the paper. Once a peer consultant has responded to the paper, the writer will receive an email with the feedback file attached.
Online Appointments: If a writer selects an online appointment, the writer should log back in to the WC Online website five to ten minutes before the start of the appointment. Click on the appointment, and then click on the link that reads "Start or Join Online Consultation." The writer will then be able to converse with a peer consultant in real time through audio and video. The conferencing platform also includes a chat feature and a whiteboard feature.
These methods of talking about writing will be new to both students and the peer consultants in the USF Writing Center. We ask you to review the resources below in order to learn more about the logistics of both eTutoring and online conferencing, as each type of appointment has distinct strengths and limitations. We suggest that you watch the videos first and then use the handouts as a guide through the process.
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Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 6-9 p.m.
Monday: 2-4 p.m.; 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday: 3-5 p.m.; 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday: 2-4 p.m.; 7-9 p.m.
Thursday: 3-5 p.m.; 6-8 p.m.
The University of Sioux Falls Writing Center exists to supplement and support regular classroom instruction by providing one-on-one interaction with individual writers. The Writing Center welcomes any student from any course at USF. Our services adopt a process-oriented approach striving to develop better writers, not merely better writing. We aim to equip students with the skills necessary to become effective, independent writers.
Staffed by undergraduate peer consultants, the USF Writing Center strives to fulfill its mission by offering a variety of services, including 30-minute consultations with writers working on a particular project, regularly scheduled tutorials for writers seeking consistent feedback over the course of the semester, and periodic large-group workshops.
The USF Writing Center is located in the lower level of Mears Library. In addition to our talented staff, the USF Writing Center also offers networked computers and a library of print resources available for writers.
Meet our Staff
Dr. Greg Dyer, associate professor of English, is the director of the writing center. Dr. Dyer can be contacted at 331-6599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Writing Center tutors are listed below:
- Anna Albrecht
- Ashley Fink
- Allie Houseman
- Emma Kenkel
- Samantha Mullvain
- Sarah Smith
- Ben Wollmuth
The USF Writing Center offers a range of services to serve writers at USF. Whether you are an established writer who recognizes the benefit of receiving feedback from a thoughtful reader or a developing writer pursuing more effective writing strategies, one or more of our services can be helpful. View our services below.
At the heart of our services is the 30-minute consultation, wherein writers work one-on-one with a member of the writing center staff. All writers--whether developing or accomplished--benefit from the presence of feedback throughout the entirety of the writing process. By adopting a process-oriented approach, the USF Writing Center recognizes that individual writers arrive with unique abilities and that individual texts present unique challenges.
When a writer arrives at the USF Writing Center to meet with a member of the staff, the peer consultant will first want to learn about the writer, the assignment, and the writer's goals for the session. The rest of the session is then negotiated by consultant and writer as they discuss various aspects of the paper and strategies for development. Typically, staff members ask the writer to read the paper aloud or they read through the paper along with the writer. Consultants won't take the paper and mark errors, but they will ask questions, offer strategies, and provide feedback related to the writer's concerns. Through these one-to-one conversations, we hope to assist writers in developing the habits of mind that are most often characteristic of successful writers.
Writers may use our online scheduling feature to secure an appointment ahead of time and ensure the availability of a tutor. Or, writers may also drop by on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to schedule a consultation with a member of the writing center staff.
Regularly Scheduled Tutorials
Writers who feel they might benefit from consistent interaction with a writing center consultant are invited to contact the USF Writing Center to arrange for regularly scheduled tutorials. In such cases, writers schedule a specific and regular session at the Writing Center--perhaps weekly or bi-weekly. Once scheduled, the regular thirty-minute sessions will focus upon pursuing the writer's goals within the context of his or her regular coursework.
At various times during the semester, the USF Writing Center offers evening workshops geared toward writing-related issues surfacing in courses across campus. For example, during spring semesters, we often schedule workshop sessions on MLA or APA documentation to coincide with the due dates for major assignments in LAR 112. In these workshops, writers work in small groups facilitated by writing center consultants. These are not lecture sessions, so writers should bring materials (e.g., drafts of papers, etc.) on which they can apply the strategies discussed. USF Writing Center workshops are typically scheduled in the evening and held in the Library Classroom (lower level of Mears Library). Workshops are generally publicized through campus email and the writing center’s Facebook page.
What is the USF Writing Center?
The USF Writing Center exists to supplement and support regular classroom instruction by providing one-on-one interaction with individual writers. Our services adopt a process-oriented approach striving to develop better writers, not merely better writing. We aim to equip students with the skills necessary to become effective, independent writers.
More broadly, our goal is to contribute to a culture of writing on the campus of USF. For this reason, we have sponsored a number of broader opportunities for USF students, including visiting writers, student writing awards, and the publication of student writing.
Who can use the USF Writing Center?
The USF Writing Center serves anyone affiliated with the University of Sioux Falls, be they students, staff, or faculty. Primarily, we aim to serve students from any course at USF--from LAR to senior seminars to graduate courses. Established writers who recognize the need for constructive feedback are just as welcome as developing writers seeking to address particular concerns.
Why should I visit the USF Writing Center?
All writers - whether developing or accomplished - benefit from the presence of feedback throughout the entirety of the writing process. By adopting a process-oriented approach, the USF Writing Center recognizes that individual writers arrive with unique abilities and that individual texts present unique challenges. Staff members attempt to ask questions and suggest strategies that will allow writers to more fully understand and negotiate their own writing processes. We can help you think more effectively about any part of your writing process, including the following:
- Generating ideas
- Ascertaining the audience and purpose
- Weighing organizational strategies
- Including appropriate detail and development
- Addressing mechanical, grammatical, or stylistic issues
- Pursuing meaningful revision
- Suggesting strategies for more effective editing and proofreading
- Effectively observing conventions, including documentation of sources
What is a consultation like?
When a writer arrives at the USF Writing Center to meet with a member of the staff, the peer consultant will first want to learn about the writer, the assignment, and the writer’s goals for the session. The rest of the session is then negotiated by consultant and writer as they discuss various aspects of the paper and strategies for development.
Typically, staff members ask the writer to read the paper aloud or they read through the paper along with the writer. Consultants won't take the paper and mark errors, but they will ask questions, offer strategies, and provide feedback related to the writer’s concerns. Through these one-to-one conversations, we hope to assist writers in developing the habits of mind that are most often characteristic of successful writers.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Writers utilizing the services of the USF Writing Center may either make an appointment or drop by on a "first-come, first-served" basis. While we are usually able to accommodate drop-ins, if a writer wants to ensure that a consultant is available, we suggest her or she make an appointment. This is particularly true during the certain periods of the semester, such as midterms, finals, and those dates around which LAR papers are due.
How do I make an appointment?
Writers may make appointments for the USF Writing Center online using our online scheduling feature. Upon their first use of the online scheduling feature, writers will need to register by providing some profile information, such as their email address, name, and student ID#. Once registered, students may simply log in to view the USF Writing Center schedule and make an appointment. This same feature may also be used to double check appointment times, or even to cancel an appointment, if necessary.
How can I get the most out of my visits?
In order that writers may make the most effective use of the USF Writing Center, we recommend that writers keep in mind the following suggestions.
- Come in early, rather than waiting until the last minute. We often work with writers who drop by the day a paper is due, but such an approach severely limits the type of conversation we can have.
- Arrive at the Writing Center with a specific sense of your own goals for the session. We can help identify questions and issues that may warrant further attention. However, the more specific one can be about what he or she wants to address, the more quickly and specifically we can address those issues.
- Bring the assignment sheet and any work already completed for the project at hand. The assignment sheet allows us to more accurately understand the demands of the writing task and the audience being addressed. With previously completed materials on hand, consultants are able to more fully understand where the writer may be in the writing process.