Writing Resources for Instructors



Writing Resources for Instructors


As an instructor, you may have questions about the services we provide to you and to your students and our policies. Below you will find information on how to schedule an in-class visit, text for your syllabus, and answers to common questions. If you have a question that you are not able to find the answer to on this page, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Montana at namontana@stkate.edu.

What We Do

Trained tutors at the Writing Center conduct personal sessions one-on-one with students. Shared conversation is an integral part of the revision or planning process. Tutors gently guide, suggest and encourage, focusing on the development of the writing process and the acquisition of writing skills. We work with all writers at any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to the final  touches. We also have handouts—on topics including MLA and APA  documentation, thesis examples, and grammar rules—for those times when  your students need a quick reference.

How We Can Assist You

Did you know that approximately 40% of the students who utilize our services report being referred to us by their professor? Another 20% of our student users report hearing about our services from an in-class presentation. This means that almost 60% of the students utilizing our services learned about us through you! Thank you!

In-class presentations

Writing tutors are available to visit your class and speak briefly about the Writing/Reading Center and the services we provide. These visits usually take 5-10 minutes and can greatly improve the chances that your students will take advantage of our services.

If you are interested in having a writing workshop for your class in the O'Neill Center on a topic such as how to formulate a thesis statement or how to conduct peer reviews, please contact Nicole Montana to see what is possible.

To schedule an in-class visit, please contact Nicole Montana at namontana@stkate.edu.

Text That You Can Use on Your Course Syllabus

The Writing/Reading Center offers free one-on-one assistance with your paper. Trained peer tutors are available during drop-in hours throughout the semester, and can help you in any stage of the writing process from brainstorming to the final touches. Workshops, handouts, and resources on a variety of topics such as MLA and APA style, thesis construction, and grammar/punctuation rules are also available for you.

The Writing/Reading Center is located in the O'Neill Center for Academic Development in the lower level of the CdC. Drop-in hours and more information can be found at: http://minerva.stkate.edu/offices/academic/oneill.nsf or by calling the O'Neill Center at 651-690-6563.

Style Guides - What Version?

The Writing/Reading Center is currently using the following editions of popular style guides and handbooks to assist students:

APA Manual of Style: 6th edition
MLA Handbook: 7th edition
Chicago Manual of Style: 16th edition
AMA Handbook: 10th edition
Bedford Handbook: 8th edition

Take-Home Final Essays

While many instructors encourage their students to visit us throughout the semester, a take-home final may not be an essay that an instructor intended their students to receive tutoring assistance on. It is our policy not to work with students on final exams or papers  unless  we have prior approval from their instructor. Prior approval can be sent via email to Nicole Montana, assistant director in charge of the Writing/Reading Center, at namontana@stkate.edu. Instructors can approve specific students or an entire course.

Will you notify me if a student of mine is utilizing your services?

The Writing/Reading Center strives to provide confidential support to  students. We do not contact instructors or provide them with the names  of students that are receiving assistance.

This policy allows students to work freely in a space to hone their writing skills without being evaluated.

If you have a student that you have asked to seek assistance and would like to personally refer to the Writing/Reading Center for assistance, please also contact Nicole Montana at namontana@stkate.edu.

Will a tutor sign a paper they have worked on if I require proof of a visit?

The tutoring session we promote is a one-on-one conversation between the student and the tutor. We believe if the student and tutor are able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses in a paper instead of focusing on correction-style instruction, the student is allowed to see and  realize their own abilities in shaping the work they present. While our tutors have gone through extensive training, we focus on keeping the tutoring session an "across the table" exchange. It is for this reason that we do not have the tutors sign-off on the papers they have worked on. We believe that if they were to do so, this would change the dynamic  of the tutoring session.

If you have set up a learning contract with a student that involves the Writing/Reading Center and you need to confirm the student is utilizing our services, please contact Nicole Montana at namontana@stkate.edu.