The Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Writing Center assists all undergraduate and graduate students develop into more confident, effective, and independent writers and learners. We accomplish this by providing free individual and small-group tutoring sessions, online assistance, peer review/writing sessions, and writing workshops to TAMIU students.
We believe writing can be a way to discover new ideas. We also believe that active learning and the sharing of written work in progress help students understand the importance of the writing process and encourage them to maintain ownership of their writing.
As such, our consultants do not simply correct errors or rewrite students’ work. Instead, consultants provide guidance on how to develop, revise, and edit. They listen and respond to students’ works in progress, ask questions, and point out particular areas to focus on for improvement.
Our consultants are specially trained students and paraprofessionals who have demonstrated excellence in working with others on the continued development of their written communication skills. To ensure we have the best tutors, each consultant goes through a 2 to 3 week training program that involves sentence variety and grammar exercises, readings on the theory and pedagogies applicable to tutoring writing, and observations. Writing tutors also pursue College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification. The TAMIU Writing Center is a Level III Master Tutor Certification Center.
The Writing Center also provides support for literary and writing-oriented organizations, clubs, and departments at Texas A&M International University as well as outreach services to foster the continued growth of literacy activities within the local community.
To ensure we follow the values outlined in our mission statement, Writing Center full-time and part-time staff as a collective have come up with the following maxims that guide our practice. Each semester we reflect on these beliefs and revise as we develop as writers, learners, and educators.
1. Regardless of purpose, intention, or genre, anyone who writes anything is a writer.
2. Despite a few accepted standards, there is no universal writing process that all writers should use.
3. Understanding the assignment, context, and purpose facilitates the writing process.
4. Guided collaboration toward a common goal is an effective mode of learning.
5. All writers can improve by sharing work and welcoming feedback.
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