How should student writers use a campus writing center?
Writing is easy, writing well is hard. If I were to graph the entire time I spent on writing, majority of it would have been taken up by me rewriting the same sentence over and over, and still not being sure if it is good enough. That’s why it is so liberating and useful to visit the writing center from time to time. Self-improvement only goes so far; you don’t know if your writing is good, you can only assume that it is. Asking Professors for reflections or guidelines can be helpful; it’s their job to be helpful, but to me, it seems like no matter how close you are to the professor, they are still. Even though I was a child, I lost the ability to relate to children, I feel like some teachers suffer from this as well, that’s why a peer tutor can help you because you are not talking to people above you or below. Now that we have established the usefulness of the campus writing center let’s talk about how to actually use it.
First things first — know what writing center can and can not do. It is there to aid you in becoming a better writer; it can be as useful as you make it be. Writing Center is a tool you use to accomplish a specific task. The value of such a tool depends on the user. It can help you identify what you excel at, or what you need to work on, but it is not going revolutionize how you write or fix the bigger issues you might have with your writing. You are the one who is supposed to do that. The writing center can’t fix procrastination, it can’t make you a better student, it can’t make you love writing. Basically, Have realistic expectations
Things you write sound normal until you hear somebody else say them. After all, writing is just a form of thinking, and you rarely contemplate about how your thoughts might sound to others, but sharing is the whole point of writing, and hearing your tutor reading your words can make a sizable difference when editing your work.
Writing center can also be therapeutic in some ways. We like it when our works are discussed and appreciated — I do, at least. It makes me feel better about myself. The fact that somebody else reads my work and has a conversation about it with me makes me happy and feel good, even if the discussion turns into a critique of my hard work and dedication.