The Mars Hill University Writing Center has as its central goal the improvement of student writing. We believe that we accomplish this goal by helping writers to improve. As such, we welcome all students from all areas of campus at all phases of the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing a final draft. Writing, like any skill, takes practice; tutors in the WCenter encourage this practice through talking with clients, asking questions, making suggestions, and in general acting as interested and engaged readers who offer informed and insightful feedback. Since making better writers is our goal, we do not act as proofreaders or as teachers; instead, we are peer tutors who interact with writers to help them to produce their best work possible.
The MHU Writing Center offers:
- Free tutoring for all students, faculty, and staff.
- Confidential, non-judgmental collaboration on writing assignments from all disciplines at all stages of the writing process.
- Academic writing support that works in concert with our university mission statement; that is, the center assists students in the critical thinking and reasoning skills inherent in a liberal arts education; the center assists students, as well, in developing character by becoming better writers, thinkers, and communicators.
What Students and Faculty Can Expect from the MHU Writing Center:
- Trained and effective peer tutors whose main goal is to help in making writers stronger and more confident.
- Tutoring sessions that will attend to the most pressing issues as ascertained by the trained eye of the tutor; sessions are 45 minutes long (max.), enough time for tutors to help effect the change(s) necessary for writing improvement.
- Electronic reports that will identify not only the “when,” the “where,” and the “who,” but also the “what”: the focus of the tutoring session will be clearly stated in the “Narrative” box of the report form. These reports are shared with instructors so that they can know just what the focus of the tutoring session was. The narrative helps in the feedback loop; if problems remain in the paper, all parties involved—tutor, WCenter Director, student, and instructor—can attend to the problems.
- Tutor interaction that is professional, non-judgmental (e.g., tutors will never comment on instructors or their assignments, but will instead limit themselves to comments regarding the writing at hand), and informed by research and empirical evidence).