CHC Writing Center

WRITING CENTER MISSION STATEMENT

The Writing Center provides Chestnut Hill College students with constructive, targeted feedback designed to help them expand their skills as academic writers, critical thinkers, and independent learners.
 
CORE VALUES:
· Tutoring at the Writing Center takes the form of engaged, collaborative problem-solving.  
* The tutor serves as a guide, sounding board, and translator of American academic writing expectations, but the work of writing and revision belongs to the writer.  
* Writing tutors provide suggestions, sketch out a range of options, ask key questions to prompt a writer’s thought process, and identify patterns of sentence error on which to focus. The writer chooses the session focus, actively wrangles with ideas and intended meanings, and determines the next steps for moving forward with the draft.
* Meeting with a writing tutor cannot result in a “perfect” paper, because all writing is a work-in-progress that contains flaws and errors.  
 
· Writing Center tutors remind writers that “practice makes permanent.”  
* When writers consistently apply strategies, techniques, guidelines, or rules discussed in tutoring sessions to their future assignments, they become confident, independent writers both within and beyond their academic discipline.
* Writing development takes time, so writers and faculty members should not expect immediate transformation. In particular, improving sentence-level writing skills happens one pattern of error at a time and requires on-going reinforcement.  
 
· Writing Center tutors implement anti-racist and equity-focused pedagogies in all tutoring sessions, including but not limited to,  
* allowing the writer to determine session priorities,
* serving as notetaker to capture a writer’s ideas before they are lost,
* focusing sentence-level tutoring on patterns of error that interfere with the writer’s intended meaning,
* recognizing the value of the academic and personal experiences that a writer brings into their assignments, and
* serving as translators of the “hidden curriculum,” especially unstated expectations for American academic writing.  
 
· The Writing Center’s support for student writers extends beyond tutoring sessions and across the curriculum.
* The Writing Center provides direct support beyond tutoring sessions through an ongoing series of Writing Workshops on key topics open to all students and through the Writing Resource Library available on the WC website and in the WC headquarters.
 
* The Writing Center provides indirect support beyond tutoring sessions by providing in-class writing workshops by faculty request, consulting with individual faculty members or departments to discuss adapting assignments to improve student outcomes, and offering faculty development on writing-related pedagogy when appropriate.
 
· The Writing Center commits to making programming and writing resources accessible to all writers.  

About The Writing Center
The Writing Center offers a number of writing support services for students and faculty.

* In-person tutoring in SJH 333
* Synchronous online tutoring through Microsoft Teams
* Asynchronous email tutoring
* Writing workshops
* In-class workshops by faculty request
* A writing resource library, including handouts, handbooks, and other writing-related resources
 
WHY SEE A WRITING TUTOR?
All writers – even very advanced ones – benefit from having a kindly-but-critical reader to review their work and offer suggestions for improvement. Whether you are staring at an assignment and trying to figure out how to get started or putting the final polish on an assignment you’ve been carefully crafting for weeks or months, a writing tutor can help. Writing tutors provide constructive feedback and guidance to writers across the college on all stages of the writing process.

Here, for example, are some of the ways we can work with you on your writing:  
* Help you decode assignments and determine whether a draft meets assignment requirements,
* Help you brainstorm and organize your ideas,
* Help you identify and draft components of an effective argument, such as thesis statements, source-based evidence, contextualizing explanations, and effective introductory and concluding paragraphs,
* Help you incorporate source material effectively and appropriately using quotes, paraphrases, and citations,
* Help you learn to revise by identifying sentences, paragraphs, and ideas that need expanding, cutting, or reorganizing,
* Help you identify and correct problems with sentence clarity and patterns of sentence error, especially those that interfere with meaning, and
* Help you understand and incorporate feedback from peer reviewers or professors.
For more information on how writing tutors can help (and what we can’t do!), see our Writing Tutoring FAQ.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR IN-PERSON OR ONLINE TUTORING

Go to our Microsoft Bookings page to schedule an appointment. You can choose between four options:
* Quick Session (25-minute, in-person session)
* In-Depth Session (50-minute, in-person session)
* Online Session (50-minute, synchronous online session in Microsoft Teams)
* Read-Ahead Tutoring (specialized 50-minute session for senior seminar and graduate students working on papers longer than 15 pages; you can choose between in-person and online)
After you select an appointment type and time, we will ask you some questions about your assignment to help us prepare for your session. Not sure which session type is right for you? Check out our FAQ!
SUBMIT A PAPER TO EMAIL TUTORING
Go to our Email Tutoring Submission Form to send your paper to our email tutors. You can upload your paper right in the form. We will also ask you some questions about your assignment to help guide our feedback.
A writing tutor will send feedback on your paper to your CHC email address within 48 hours.
REQUEST AN IN-CLASS WORKSHOP
Faculty, you can send your students to the Writing Center, but did you know that you can also bring the Writing Center directly to your students? We can provide a brief Intro to the Writing Center presentation or lead a longer writing workshop tailored to an assignment in your course. Check out our Workshop FAQ for details on how a workshop can help and a list of our common workshop topics. Use our Workshop Request For to select a workshop topic and request a date
WRITING CENTER – FALL 2021 HOURS
Check back for evening and weekend hours as additional tutors join our staff!
* MONDAY: 9am – 4:30 pm
* TUESDAY: 9am – 4:30 pm
* WEDNESDAY: 9am – 4:30 pm
* THURSDAY: 9am – 4:30 pm
* FRIDAY: 9am – 4:30 pm
* SATURDAY/SUNDAY: CLOSED
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR SESSION:
Please bring the following items to your visit:
* Your assignment prompt and course syllabus
* A copy of your draft, if you have one started (printed or electronic)
* Questions about your assignment itself or concerns about your writing in general

CONTACT US:
Jaime Lynn Longo, Ph.D. 
Director of the Writing Center
SJH 333  
writingcenter@chc.edu  
215-248-7114