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Faculty Resources

How to Utilize the RWC

How can the RWC help your students?

Students who visit the RWC meet with trained undergraduate writing or research consultants who will get to know them and the assignment, discuss their questions and concerns, review and discuss their work or ideas, and share feedback and resources to facilitate students’ long-term learning. The consultant’s highest priority is to help students meet assignment expectations and develop increased confidence as writers and researchers.

    Click on the tabs below to explore RWC resources available for faculty and classroom support.

    Request A Class Visit
    Syllabus Statement
    Writing Center Representative
    Course-Embedded Consultants
    Resources for Faculty

    Request a Class Visit

    As part of our mission to support and empower writers across campus, the Research and Writing Center offers brief, in-class presentations to introduce students and faculty to our program. During these presentations, trained consultants explain the concepts and strategies we use in our tutoring sessions, show students how to schedule appointments, answer questions, and encourage students in their personal writing projects.

    • The typical class visit lasts ~5–10 minutes
    • Consultants can present at the beginning or the end of class, whichever works best
    • We’ll confirm the date and time before our visit
    • We’re more than happy to cater our presentation to your specific course.
      For example, we can answer questions about how the Research and Writing Center can help with the unique genres of your field or the idiosyncrasies of your assignments
    • Virtual visits are possible

    If you’re interested in having us stop by, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line.

    Syllabus Statement

    Feel free to include the statement below in your syllabus to make your students aware of the Research & Writing Center and its resources:

    The BYU Research & Writing Center (3340 HBLL) is a valuable, free resource where trained undergraduate consultants provide individualized assistance on assignments at any stage of the research and writing process. Consultants aim to help you meet assignment expectations, answer questions, and increase your skills and confidence in research and writing. Before visiting, familiarize yourself with the RWC’s services and resources. When visiting, bring whatever materials will help the consultant best help you, including your assignment description, feedback from your instructor or TA, specific questions, and related materials.

    Writing Center Representatives

    Do you encourage or incentivize students to visit the RWC as part of a writing assignment? If so, you might be interested in connecting your class with a Writing Center Representative.

    Writing Center Representatives (WCRs) are experienced consultants who assist faculty and the RWC by offering both professors and students insight into writing center pedagogy and the RWC’s resources. WCRs can help prepare professors, students, and RWC consultants by

    1. meeting with you, the professor, to discuss your assignment, including any course-specific or genre-specific expectations;
    2. writing and distributing a “course memo,” including a summary of your assignment expectations and, if possible, an annotated assignment prompt and sample paper;
    3. visiting your class to answer questions and introduce students to the RWC.

    Interested in connecting with a Writing Center Rep? If so, fill out the form below. If you have questions, feel free to send an email.

    Course-Embedded Consultants

    Course-Embedded Consultants (CECs) are experienced writing tutors who are assigned to a specific course to help students throughout the entire semester on their writing projects.

    CECs typically

    1. attend class to learn the course material and to understand course needs and expectations
    2. provide extensive writing assistance on all writing assignments, including helping students during the prewriting, drafting, and revising stages
    3. hold face-to-face consultations with each student, offering formative and specific feedback on analysis, synthesis, thesis, organization, evidence, format, grammar, etc.
    4. support professors unable to dedicate significant time to writing instruction by running writing workshops outside of class, holding periodic office hours, and creating writing-specific resources for students (handouts, examples, etc.)

    Overall, CECs hope to improve writing across the curriculum by helping faculty carry out writing assignments and by providing students with careful, constructive, and supportive assistance throughout the writing process.

    Resources for Faculty

    Faculty and staff writers are welcome to use Research & Writing Center services in addition to other on-campus programs designed to assist faculty with writing, editing, and teaching. Some additional resources are listed below: