The Writing Center provides assistance to all La Sierra students who wish to improve their writing in general or who desire assistance with specific writing assignments.
The Writing Center is sponsored by the Center for Student Academic Success in cooperation with the Department of English and Communication.
OPERATING HOURS, LOCATION, & CONTACTS
The Writing Center is located in Ambs hall, room 102B (inside MICOL).
9 AM-5 PM
Email for conference appointments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing Coaches are available for 25-minute conferences. Contact the Center by email to schedule a conference. Unscheduled ‘drop-in’ conferences may be possible, if a writing coach is available.
Coaches can assist students with:
- Beginning the writing process through brainstorming
- Making a point by developing a thesis
- Creating a structure through outlining
- Supporting a thesis with paragraphing
- Developing a first draft
- Revising for content, organization and style
- Editing to correct grammar errors
- Incorporating research into writing
- Documentation in MLA or APA style
NOTE: Writing Coaches will NEITHER write papers NOR revise them for students. Rather, they will assist students in doing those processes themselves more effectively.
In a Writing Lab conference students will discuss writing assignments with an upper-division or graduate student skilled in writing.
SPECIAL ASSISTANCE FOR PRE-FOUNDATIONAL ENGLISH STUDENTS
Students in Engl-001 and Engl-005 are required to visit the Writing Center periodically to complete work that supports classroom activities. This work may include conferences with Writing Coaches, online activities, and ‘practice tests.’
Students registering for these classes will schedule a time period in the Writing Center by simultaneously registering for a Writing Lab.
See the links in the menu to the left of this window for more details regarding the role of the Writing Center in Pre-Foundational English courses:
- Introduction to Composition Lab – Engl-005L
- Reading Improvement Lab – Engl-001L
La Sierra faculty may suggest or require that students visit the Writing Center. Writing Center staff will provide students who engage in a conference a brief follow-up report indicating what types of writing issues were addressed; if you wish, students can then provide you with a copy of the report.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you would like to know more about the Writing Center, see the FAQs. If you have questions or comments, contact Dr. Sam McBride in the Department of English and Communication.