By Amy Jackson
Writing does not come naturally to everyone. Do not freak and worry yourself into a coma! Most of us find it hard to covey what we actually mean in written words (So you are NOT alone! In fact, it is a very common disease amongst students). This writing hurdle should not stop an individual from trying in the same spirit as the Little Engine That Could. You may not become the next Virginia Woolf or Jane Austen, but there is hope. If you are having problems writing essays then you should visit the “island of how to write better” (also known as the Wesleyan Writing Center).
Visits to the Writing Center rose from 260 in 2007 to 416 in 2008. Dr. Melanie Doherty, Director of the Writing Center, believes “The rise in numbers was due to helpful tutors and improvements the students saw in their own writing process (as well as in their paper grades). Due to this success, students returned repeatedly through the academic year.”
Last fall more than 60 WISe students utilized the resources in the Writing Center and more than 160 WISe students visited through the entire academic year. In 2007 only about 98 visits were made by WISe students. In 2008 over 220 visits to the Writing Center were made by non-WISe students in relationships to classes or programs. Visitors in the fall tend to be freshmen who have yet to lasso and conquer their writing hurdles. In the spring, there are an influx of upper-level students due to job letters, resumes, and graduate school applications.
This semester alone, over 50 visits have been recorded in the sign-in log. Dr. Doherty is very excited and proud of this achievement. “That’s a fantastic month for us, and it’s a tribute to the Writing Center’s wonderful and dedicated team of peer tutors.” So, ladies of Wesleyan hopefully this is enough to persuade a visit to the isle of writing. The Writing Center’s staff is a rainbow of Wesleyan’s finest.
The Writing Center now has a daily schedule which coincides with students’ needs and availability. There are tutors in the writing center from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. While on Sundays the times are 7-9 p.m. Students are allowed to book a session up to two weeks in advance. Sessions are 30 minutes long. The students will also be given a Tutorial Worksheet, an overview of what is discussed during a session. There are eleven tutors available for your academic support. During the session emphasis will not just be placed on editing, but also on learning your writing style and process. The Writing Center is not guaranteed to improve grades but will surely make you a more confident writer. The Writing Center will guillotine any bad essay. In turn, a tutor will help you create a better draft. . If you believe in magic, then go witness it first hand in the Writing Center. Come with questions and ideas, and of course, bring a rough draft. Do not be afraid of improvement.
P.S. The tutors are awesome!