Unfortunately, it is very common for students to write papers the night--or even hours--before a paper is due. This is unfortunate because it does not give these students the time required for revisions or feedback from our Writing Center tutors. We often see students who come in hours before the class in which their assignment is due, wanting to get feedback and extra credit for visiting the Writing Center.
We really encourage the students who do this to write their papers earlier and come in at least a day before the paper is due. Many professors have told us they are going to crack down on Writing Center extra credit, only giving the credit if the changes discussed in your session are made to your paper, and possibly only giving credit if the student visits the Writing Center at least a day before.
We sympathize with the heavy workload that many students bear, especially as we approach finals week, but it makes it difficult for us to do our jobs when we know that much of what we are teaching and much of the work we put in to helping you improve your paper will go unheeded or unappreciated. The Writing Center exists to help students better their writing and learn to make their own revisions in their papers. We are not an editing service or just a source of extra credit. If you are not learning anything from us, then why are we here?
As we get closer to the end of the semester and the dreaded finals week, our tutors in the Writing Center start getting busier and busier with the onslaught of students who come to us requesting help for final papers and projects, not to mention trying to work on and polish their own final assignments. Every semester it happens without fail: students come in to the Writing Center without scheduling an appointment, and they want help in these hectic last few weeks, but unfortunately, they have to wait anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours because all our appointments have been scheduled and there is a line for drop-ins.
Maybe they have been coming in all semester during drop-in hours and have not had to wait at all because we generally aren't too busy between midterms and finals. Maybe they have never been to the Writing Center and do not know how the system works. Either way, we end up having to turn away students because we are just too full or because they don't have the time to wait for us.
The best way you can prevent this is by scheduling an appointment, preferably a few days in advance. By scheduling, you can guarantee that you will be seen by a tutor and get the help you need. Of course, we will always do our best to accomodate drop-ins, but if another drop-in arrives before you do, then you will have to wait, and we oftentimes only have one tutor accepting drop-ins at a time.
So, do the best thing for yourself and for your paper: schedule appointments with tutors in advance, and especially a day or two before your due date.
The Writing Center is pleased to announce "Stop Procrastinating and Write! Developing Effective Write Habits" to be presented by the Writing Center Director, Dr. Jane Fife. The even will take place in Cherry Hall 125 on Wednesday, April 16 from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
This presentation will explain typical attitudes and behaviors that prevent writers from getting started (and getting finished) as well as attitudes and practices that promote productivity. For those who are interested bu unable to attend, the presentation will be recorded (courtesy of DELO) and a video will be added to the Writing Center website. We hope to see you all there! --Sarah