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The Cornell Writing Centers can help support your students and you through the Essay Reponse & Consultation Program, classroom visits and workshops, and through your continued support and promotion.
WC Syllabus Blurb
Our graduate and undergraduate tutors are eager to work collaboratively with all writers on campus. While tutoring services can sometimes be assumed to be for weak or struggling writers, we strongly believe that all writers—whether novice, first year, seniors, or graduate students—benefit from sharing their developing ideas and writing with others. Regardless of writing expertise, we believe that the engaged dialogue between a tutor and writer fosters student reflection, growth and learning about writing.
The WC relies on support and promotion from faculty and instructors across campus; thus, we hope that you will continue to support our services and your students by including the WC blurb (below) on your syllabus or blackboard site and by periodically reminding students about the work we do.
The Cornell Writing Centers
The Cornell Writing Centers (WC) provide support for individuals at any stage of the writing process. It is a free resource available to everyone on campus—faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students—for nearly any kind of writing project: applications, presentations, lab reports, essays, papers, and more. Tutors (trained undergraduate and graduate students) serve as responsive listeners and readers who can address questions about the writing process or about particular pieces of writing. They can also consider questions of confidence, critical reading, analytic thought, and imagination. Writing tutors also have experience working with non-native English speakers. During the academic year, the WC are open Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30pm (Mann Library & Rockefeller Hall 178) and Sundays-Thursdays, 7:00 – 10:00pm (Olin library Room 403; Uris Library Room 108; Tatkon Center Room 3343). Writers can schedule appointments or drop-in at a convenient time. For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to: http://knight.as.cornell.edu/wc
Essay Response & Consultation Program
The Essay Response Consultation Program enables instructors to sit down one on one with tutors to talk about student writing. Because tutors have a great deal of experience in reading student essays and teacher comments, they can usefully support instructors who want to deepen and extend strategies for commenting on student work. Instructors can work with tutors to:
- review a set of papers on which the instructor has already commented.
- discuss a set of papers when the instructor is in the process of providing response and evaluation.
Classroom Visits & Workshops
The WC can also help foster productive and engaging small group writing workshops in your class! Kate Navickas, Director of the Writing Centers, along with some tutors, can schedule classroom visits that promote effective peer responses around higher order concerns, like focus, organization, the development of ideas, thesis sentences, using sources, etc. Tutors will work with and alongside small groups of students as they read and respond to each others' writing.
Contact Kate Navickas for more details.
You can also use a ready-made WC Classroom Workshop Guide:
- General Peer Workshop
- Thesis Sentence Workshop
- Introductions & Conclusions Workshop
- Developing Stronger Ideas Workshop (coming soon)
- Organization & Cohesion Workshop (coming soon)