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UVM Writing Center: Why Visit the Writing Center?

Why Visit the Writing Center?student quote

Have a question about a paper you're writing? Need a fresh perspective? Want to brainstorm ideas with another writer? At the UVM Writing Center, you can work with students from a variety of disciplines who are experienced writers and trained writing tutors.

Why Meet with a Tutor?

Although roommates and friends can be helpful sources of feedback, peer tutors provide experienced support in a comfortable, confidential, and distraction-free space.

Some writers come because they have a specific question or issue, but you don't need to have a problem to benefit from our services. Simply talking with a tutor can help you move forward with a writing project. Last year, over 800 students visited the Writing Center, for a variety of reasons:

  • To make the writing process less stressful and solitary
  • To create an excellent rather than merely good paper
  • Because they heard from a friend that it was useful
  • To get help with a particular type of writing. (Check Tutors by Expertise for a tutor who has experience with that genre or disciplines)

See what students say about the Writing Center.

Some theory behind tutoring writing, an informational video.

Some of the areas in which the Writing Center provides assistance include:

  • Understanding assignments
  • Understanding the expectations for various types of writing
  • Finding a topic
  • Overcoming writer's block
  • Organizing yourself to write
  • Finding a writing process that works well for you
  • Developing and clarifying ideas
  • Discovering a focus or thesis
  • Choosing the best way to organize or shape your material
  • Creating a strong argument
  • Revising your draft
  • Understanding teacher comments
  • Writing effective sentences
  • Working on voice and/or tone
  • Editing to create a polished final draft
  • Documentation

Last modified March 21 2014 01:57 PM

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