Before You Come In
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The Consultation Session
We want all students to become confident with their own writing abilities; therefore, some services are not found in the UWC. The Writing Center is not an editing, correcting, or typing service. Students may not drop off a paper to be corrected by a writing consultant. The author of the work must be present to discuss the methods by which he or she may improve the piece and his or her overall writing ability.
The primary aim of the UWC staff is to help you become a better writer; therefore, we have outlined what you can and cannot expect to happen in the UWC.
We CAN Help You
1) generate ideas for your essays.
2) organize your paper.
3) identify and correct grammatical errors.
4) proofread, revise, and correct your own papers.
5) improve your writing style.
1) help you the same day your paper is due.
2) write for you.
3) tell you what to write.
4) mark on your paper.
5) proofread, revise, or correct your paper for you.
6) take responsibility for finding all of your mistakes.
7) estimate the grade you may earn.
8) help you with essay exams or tests.
9) discuss instructors or other students with you.
The Consultation Session
All UWC consultation sessions are aimed at thirty minutes and strictly limited to forty-five minutes. If you bring in a short paper, two pages or less, we will consider approximately one-half of the paper for grammar and all of it for appropriate content and structure. If your paper is longer, over two pages pages, we will look at the first two pages for grammatical concerns and up to five pages for content and structure if applicable within the forty-five minuter time constraint. Your active participation will aid in the process.
The Check-in Process
The receptionist at the front desk will ask a few general questions for our database. The information we gather assists us in preparing documentation of the work we do. Bringing your DBU Student ID will help expedite the short process. We'll also ask for your professor's name and the class designation (ENGL 1301, RELI 4642, EDDL 6821, etc), every time you visit. On the first visit, we will also ask some basic questions to show us the population we are helping: gender, program (Faculty/Staff/ Tradional, Adult, or International), and classification (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate), and finally, we will need your general age range (<18, 18-21, 22-29, or 30+).
Additionally, we must see your official DBU student ID for all exams. If you are an online student and your ID has the keyhole in place of your photo, we will ask for your photo ID, too. Because it is our responsibility to confirm your identity, we have no other option.
Appointments made within twenty-four hours in advance are given top priority. However, walk-ins will be accommodated if time permits; please note that appointments are required for full-sevice Saturdays. Please note: If you are more than ten minutes late for an appointment, you will forfeit the appointment time and must reschedule. Call us at 214-333-5474 to make an appointment. Please note that it is impossible to monitor our email every moment that we are open. Email is checked regularly, but response time is significantly slower than phone calls. Moreover, appointments are scheduled only via phone or in person.
The UWC is in no way responsible for the grade you (the student) may receive on a paper or other written assignment. All comments made by the UWC staff should be considered as advice not authority.
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