Mission

Writing is one of the most difficult tasks for a college student, whether you're an incoming freshman or an outgoing graduate student. We, the peer tutors of the Villanova Writing Center, are your classmates; we eat lunch with you every day, we sit next to you in class, and we're responsible for handing in the same papers and assignments as you.

Most importantly, we understand how demanding the writing process is, and we're confident we can lend you a hand with yours. We're here six days a week ready and willing to serve your writing needs, whether it's brainstorming a new topic, revising a first draft, or putting the finishing touches on a final draft, we'll take you through every step of the process.

We encourage you to come to the Writing Center at any stage of your writing process. You don't need to have a formal draft with you, feel free to bring in an outline, or bring in a disk and work on our computers with a peer tutor. However, we do ask that you bring in your assignment for your peer tutorial, and simply give us 50 minutes of your time. Although we can't guarantee an "A" on every paper, we can guarantee, by the end of your 50 minute session, you'll come away more confident with your writing process, and feel more comfortable using your writing skills for any future assignment at Villanova.

As Stephen North best put it, our main goal in the Writing Center is to "produce better writers, not better texts." To do so, we try very hard to provide the most comfortable and relaxed atmosphere to work on your writing process.

Representatives from All Four Colleges

We're not all English majors in the Writing Center. Our peer tutors come from a variety of majors throughout the Villanova curriculum; we're representatives from all four colleges here at the University. We're excited to welcome all members of the Villanova community to use the Writing Center as a valuable and free resource. We, the peer tutors have worked hard and trained an entire semester to be the most sympathetic, non-judgmental, and supportive listeners for your texts and writing concerns. Our flexible, non-directive approach will enable you to take control of your session and take responsibility for your paper.

We're not responsible for grading your papers, nor will we pass judgment on a professor's grade. We in the Writing Center operate under Villanova's academic integrity policy. Our tutorials are student-centered and require a collaborative effort; it takes two people to make a session successful in the Writing Center. Contrary to the popular misconception, the Writing Center is not a proofreading service or fix-it shop. If you're concerned with grammar, we can teach you ways to fight through all your grammar difficulties. Most importantly, it's up to you to give us a call (519-4604) and schedule your appointment. There's an eager and energetic group of students over in Old Falvey waiting to help you with your writing!

— Compiled by Andrew Riso '03

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