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For Instructors and Staff

The Learning Commons Writing Studio
Arts & Sciences, Room 1313
517-483-1206

Welcome to the Writing Studio

Serving student writers at all levels of proficiency and any stage in the writing process.

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Instructors play an important role in providing writing assistance to their students during office hours and are often the best place for students to begin if they are seeking clarification on an assignment, an explanation of a grade or written feedback, or suggestions for improving a draft as they are revising. Instructors also play an important role in suggesting that students seek writing assistance from elsewhere on campus and help connect their students with available resources.

The Writing Studio should be a student's first point of contact if general writing assistance is needed. Our staff will assess the student's needs to determine which option for assistance best fits their needs and will refer students, when needed, to seek assistance from a Librarian, or feedback on a resume or career-related document from Career & Employment Services.

Helping Students Make Effective Use of the Writing Studio

Students need some guidance in how to make effective use of the variety of services offered on LCC's campus, including the Writing Studio. As an instructor, you can play a vital role in this process by helping students better understand our services as they prepare for a visit. If you have required that your students visit the Writing Studio, please specify for them whether you have a preference for a specific type of assistance. Assistance formats include: guided independent work in the Studio, 25- or 50-minute face-to-face appointments with English Tutors and Writing Assistants, and 50-minute online appointments with English Tutors. See more information below about our staff. Download our tip sheet for more information on specific things you can do to ensure that your students have productive and successful visits with us.

Who Works in the Writing Studio

The Writing Studio is staffed by Professional English/ESOL Tutors and Writing Assistants (who are student employees and classroom teaching faculty from a variety of discipline areas). All members of our staff work with students by appointment and in our writing studio area. All staff have completed training specific to writing center pedagogy and best practices. We do not distinguish between staff type and refer to those who work in the Writing Studio on a first-name basis. If you have a preference for your students to work with a specific type of staff member, please specify your preference to them so they can make a request at the time an appointment is booked.

Tours/Information Sessions

Faculty and staff are welcome to bring classes and groups into the Writing Studio for a tour and introductory visit. Please call or stop in to set up a time. Information sessions last about 15 minutes.

Print Resources for Students

The Writing Studio houses a substantial collection of print resources including dictionaries, thesauri, writing handbooks, MLA and APA manuals, reading anthologies, textbooks currently used in many of our English classes and a variety of handouts. Students do not need an appointment to use these materials. They may simply stop in during open hours, as space allows. Our front counter staff are happy to assist them in locating the resources they need to use.

Proof of Visit/ Reflection Form

The Writing Studio does not allow its staff to sign students' papers as a proof of their visit. Instead, we encourage faculty who need evidence of Writing Studio visits to ask students for the date and time of their visit, the first name of the staff member who assisted them and a brief description of the assistance they received. A simple student reflection form is available for downloading by clicking the link below. You can feel free to customize it in any way you like.

Writing Studio Student Reflection Form

English 098/099

If you are teaching a section of English 098 or 099, you can download a specialized version of the reflection form used in your classes by clicking the link below. We suggest face-to-face assistance, rather than online appointments, for students in 098/099.

English 098/099 Writing Studio Reflection

Responding to the Writing of Non-native English Speakers

With the understanding that expectations vary among academic disciplines, classes and instructors, our ESOL colleague, Denise Warner, has worked with the Writing Studio to provide some guidance for faculty who often feel challenged in responding to the writing of non-native English speaking students. Please Download our tip sheet for more information on specific things you can do to ensure that your students have productive and successful visits with us.

Spring 2019 Workshops

Professional English Tutors offer a 15-week workshop series for all students, regardless of their specific courses or writing assignments. These workshops reinforce foundational principles of grammar and mechanics, as well as research skills for writing assignments. Each 1-hour workshop will consist of a brief review of the material, opportunities to practice and ask questions, and time for students to apply these principles to their own work. Advanced sign-up is not required. Students can drop in for whichever workshop topics interest them. See topics, dates, times and locations in the detailed Spring 2019 Workshop Schedule.

Spring 2019 Global Student Discussion Tables

The Learning Commons, partnering with Global Student Services, offers Global Student Discussion Tables in the Centre for Engaged Inclusion, Gannon Building, room 2204. These discussion tables provide an opportunity for students to practice their English conversation skills in an informal setting. Discussions will be held on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 3:30. See topics and more information in the Global Student Discussion Tables flyer.

Tutoring Services at Lansing Community College

The Learning Commons
Arts & Sciences Room 1313
Phone: (517) 483-1206
Fax: (517) 483-1222
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