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Writing Center

Students Helping Students Write Better

The UCM Writing Center is here to help! Our staff is entirely composed of current UCM students, all with the same goal - to help fellow students at any part of the writing process. While we are excited to help, you won't just sit and listen. You'll talk about your ideas, ask questions, and probably do some writing too. Whether you need help getting started, getting focused, or getting finished, we are here for you. 

To promote community safety, Learning Commons services will have limited in-person availability. Services will also be offered online for Fall 2020.

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The UCM Writing Center provides the following services:

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Writing Center

Mon-Fri 10 am - 5 pm

JCKL Room 1250

Discuss your writing with a tutor in the Writing Center. Consultations available for drop-in and by appointment.

Appointment Scheduler

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Online Writing Center

Mon-Thurs 10 am - 9 pm

Fri 10 am - 5 pm

Discuss your writing with a live tutor via the Learning Commons Zoom. Consultations available for drop-in and by appointment.

 

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Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Submit your writing online from anywhere using Google Docs. Receive specific, personalized feedback from a writing tutor within two business days.

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Your Ideas Matter

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The Writing Center, located in the Learning Commons (JCKL 1250), is a comfortable and supportive space for you to explore ideas, talk about your writing, make progress toward your goals, and improve your writing skills.

Our writing tutors are all UCM students, and they are happy to help you:

  • Understand your assignment
  • Turn your ideas into a plan
  • Write a thesis statement
  • Structure your writing
  • Complete an unfinished draft
  • Polish your grammar
  • Check formatting
  • Cite your sources correctly
  • Stay on topic
  • Improve organization & flow

Make The Most Of Your Visit

While we are eager to help you while you’re here, there are steps you can take to come to the Writing Center prepared to hit the ground running. Here are some steps to take to increase the usefulness you'll get out of your visit with the Writing Center:

  • Bring a copy of your assignment sheet or rubric
  • Bring any notes or outlines you've made
  • Bring any readings related to your assignment
  • Bring any writing you’ve already started - digital or physical versions are both fine
  • Identify specific parts of your writing where you want a fresh perspective and ask questions about them

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“The Writing Center is awesome: when I get here I am greeted with great smiles and asked what they could help me [with] today. I have problems with my writing, and the staff will ask how I would like to rewrite the sentence and explain how I could make it better. If there were no Writing Center, I think I would have been miserable because I have questions and when I visit, I can get help and have less stress.”

 

Contact

Andrew Jinkens, M.Ed.
Coordinator, Writing Center
JCK Library 1228
Tel: 660-543-8090

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