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Faculty Assistance

The Writing Center not only assists students in becoming more confident, independent writers but also assists faculty and staff by offering workshops, presentations, and other resources. Below are brief descriptions of the types of services we can provide for faculty and staff across campus.

Presentations:

Writing Center consultants will visit your class—or location—and present on a brief, single-topic lesson. A list of of topics can be found at the bottom of the page. Presentations can last from 15 to 30 minutes and may involve some interaction, such as surveys or online quizzes. The Writing Center can also create a customized, special topic to fit your specific needs (i.e. a presentation on literary elements). Presentations can be for undergraduate or graduate courses. Common topics include MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian style; plagiarism, and sentence variety.

Workshops:

Workshops are similar to presentations. The main difference is that workshops are interactive sessions in which students will participate in hands-on activities to help process material being learned. Workshops are typically 45 to 60 minutes but can be modified. The Writing Center can also create special topic workshops to fit your specific needs. Common workshop topics include MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian style; annotated bibliographies, summarizing/paraphrasing, and essay development.

Writing or Peer-Review Sessions:

Writing Center consultant(s) can visit your class to facilitate in-class peer review sessions. Additionally, consultants could also visit your class and assist students as they work on their writing—such as drafts or outlines. The purpose of these sessions is to encourage students to develop proper time management and writing practices. These sessions are typically 60 minutes.

Orientations/Information Tables:

The Writing Center can visit your class or event and deliver a 15-20 minutes orientation about our services. These orientation sessions typically involve online quizzes and/or games. Also, we can set up a table at an event and provide resources and/or information about our services.



How to Make a Request



All requests for any of the above should be made at least 7 days in advance. Ideally, 10 days advance notice is preferable. For a common topic like MLA or APA formatting, however, a request less than 7 days is acceptable. Please email any request to writingcenter@tamiu.edu. Please indicate the type of service in the subject line. Additionally, please provide date, time, and location information within the body of the request.

Presentation/Workshop Topics

Avoiding Plagiarism
The Writing Process
How to Write as a Group
MLA Format and Documentation
APA Format and Documentation
Chicago/Turabian Format and Documentation
Council of Science Editors Format and Documentation
Developing Introductions
Developing Thesis Statements
Developing Conclusions
Proofreading & Editing
Annotated Bibliographies
Abstracts
How to Write Literature Reviews
How to Form a Research Question
Sentence Variety Techniques
Grammar & Punctuation
Cutting Clutter/Eliminating Wordiness
Rhetorical Analysis
Review Essays
Literary Analysis & Literary Elements
Logical Fallacies
Identifying Scholarly Sources