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Collin College - Preston Ridge Campus Writing Center

 

A one-on-one session is an extended period of time (greater than five minutes) in which a writer works with a writing consultant to improve their writing skills. Consultants can support writers at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing a final draft. Our goal is to help each writer identify their strengths and weaknesses and work toward greater independence. The consultant will not proofread, edit, or check the writer's work for correctness.

Required Materials

  • Two typed and printed copies of your draft (if applicable)
  • A copy (electronic or print) of the assignment, prompt, and/or rubric

Session Length

PRC sessions are half an hour with the following exceptions:

  • If the writer's draft (not assignment) is equal to or greater than five pages longer
  • If the writer is enrolled in an INRW or ESOL course

Session Frequency

  • Writers may have a maximum of one session per day and two sessions per week* (including any missed sessions).

*Writers working on assignments for more than one class may schedule three sessions in a single week.

Cancellations

  • Cancellations must be made before the appointment time
  • Writers are given a seven-minute grace period before their appointment is cancelled. 
  • After three absences, the writer's WC Online account will be automatically disabled

 

Other Services 

 

 

Questions Lab is a drop-in service that allows writers to work in the Writing Center and ask occasional, specific, and brief questions that can be answered in less than five minutes. While there is no limit to the number of questions a writer can ask, the writer should be working independently between questions. Questions Lab is available when writing consultants are not engaged with a one-on-one Session. 

 

Online Writing Lab (OWL) is available to all Collin College writers through the DropBox and VirtualMuse systems. In order to use these systems:

  • Register with the Spring Creek WCONLINE appointment system at www.mywco.com/springcreekwc 
  • Log in to the Spring Creek WC schedule, choosing either DropBox or VirtualMuse on the schedule drop-down menu
  • Follow the instructions at the top of the page for creating an appointment

 

Writing Center Purpose

 

The purpose of writing center tutoring is to work one-on-one with writers at any point of the writing process, from brainstorming through polishing. As tutors, the goal of the WC Consultants is to help you become a stronger writer, therefore, the WC Consultants encourage discovery, creativity, and application without being directive.

All skilled and experienced writers themselves, the WC Consultants are not content experts. All facts, conclusions, and interpretations are always your own. WC Consultants will not check any essay for the correctness of ideas but will rather assist you as you clarify your ideas, hone your purpose, support your argument, and understand your use of grammar and mechanics.

WC Consultants prioritize the elements addressed in any one-on-one session based on their experience and the writer’s concern. However, since the goal of the Writing Center is to help writers improve their overall writing, not just the current assignment, and because writing is used as evidence of learning for various courses, the WC Consultant will not co-author, check, edit, change, or direct the creation of any element of your writing. You, the writer, are responsible for the quality and final grade of any draft.