Are you seeing completed assignments that don’t match what you expected, but you told the students to go to the writing center? It’s a common complaint among faculty. Faculty may give very detailed instructions to students about the required assignments, including encouraging students to make use of campus support centers. But, writing center and other learning support staff can assist students only in so far as the assignment instructions are provided to those support staff – and, the earlier the better. Support staff can best help students when there is sufficient time to review the assignment, assess where individual students need the most assistance, and then meet with students to improve the products.
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