Mission and Policies

Mission

The mission of The Learning Center is to serve "all learners at all levels". Writing Support Services assists in fulfilling that mission by serving all writers in every stage of the writing process. Writing, like learning, is a dynamic process, and writers, no matter their level of expertise, can always improve. Working from this philosophy, Writing Support Services' tutors focus on the process of writing and work to establish a foundation for student success in writing.

Policies

Writing Support Services is not an editing service. Our goal is to improve students' writing ability, not to "fix" individual papers.

Peer writing tutors work only with writers and their texts. Whether in person or online, the work submitted must be your own. Writing is a process that involves the active participation of both parties.

While we welcome drop-ins, it is recommended that students make an appointment to meet with a peer writing tutor.


Writing Support Services Policies

  • Tutors will focus on helping students improve writing skills but will not have the responsibility of ascertaining as to if a student has plagiarized any or all of his/her written work. If an instructor wishes to have an assignment checked for plagiarism, the Learning Center recommends the use of the SafeAssign feature in Blackboard which is available to all faculty as a plagiarism resource.
  • Major changes to a paper should always be approved by an instructor prior to the submission of the final draft.
  • Checklists and drafts for all sessions will be filed in The Learning Center and be available upon request. Students will only keep the copy they have marked for their own reference.
  • Tutors will provide current MLA/APA citation references when assisting students with citations but will not be responsible for the final outcome of the Works Cited page.
  • While tutors make every effort to ensure that students have a successful outcome, they cannot guarantee that every error has been pointed out and/or corrected by the student. Tutors will point out patterns of errors (for example: comma splices); it is the studentís responsibility to find and correct all of the errors in the paper. Since each session is limited to 45 minutes, drafts with an excessive amount of errors may require more than one session for all of the patterns to be addressed.
  • If an instructor has given a student feedback about a rough draft, students are required to have applied those changes to a revised version of the draft prior to it being reviewed by a tutor in the TLC.
  • Availability of tutors may be limited at times and students should plan accordingly.
  • In order to receive a complete review, all students must bring drafts at least 2 hours before it is due in order to receive a detailed review *Only grammatical errors will be checked if the draft is due in less than the 2 hour time period.
  • Essay rough draft checks will not be offered for papers that are not typed.
  • If a checklist is provided by an instructor, students should bring it with them. Tutors will review the paper using those criteria in their designated order for a period of one hour per visit. If a checklist is not provided, the TLC checklist will be used.
  • A tutorís comments and feedback on a rough draft are secondary to the instructorís feedback and will not substitute for a rough draft check with the instructor that the student has missed.
  • To prepare for a tutoring session, a student should bring a copy of his or her essay to mark on and one for the TLCís records. Students are must have read their draft at least once before the tutor begins to read it. During the session, students must stay with the tutors and to make notes while their paper is being reviewed.
  • In order to receive help with the organization and rhetoric of an essay, such as thesis development and paragraph structure, students must bring instructor-provided examples and course materials specific to the assignment or agree to use the current English 101 textbook and handbook as guides.
  • Checklists and drafts for all sessions will be filed in TLC and be available upon request. Students will only keep the copy they have marked for their own reference.

BPCC Learning Center English Writing Support Services Guidelines for Online Submissions

  • Major changes to a paper should always be approved by an instructor prior to the submission of the final draft.
  • No drafts will be reviewed without the assignment description and instructions.
  • Tutors will use current MLA/APA citation references when assisting students with citations, but will not be responsible for the final outcome of the Works Cited page.
  • While tutors make every effort to ensure that students have a successful outcome, they cannot guarantee that every error has been pointed out and/or will be corrected by the student. Tutors will point out patterns of errors (for example: comma splices); it is the studentís responsibility to use that information to find and correct all of the errors in the paper. Supplementary materials can be accessed via TLCís Blackboard page.
  • Drafts with an excessive amount of errors may require more than one submission for all of the patterns to be addressed.
  • In order to receive the most effective feedback, students should revise drafts that have been previously reviewed by a WSS tutor and/or instructor prior to resubmitting.
  • For an online draft, only patterns of errors in grammar and punctuation will be pointed out. For assistance with organization and rhetorical concerns, students must have a face-to-face consultation with a tutor in the TLC.
  • If a checklist is provided by an instructor, students should attach it in the email. If a checklist is not provided, the TLC checklist will be used.
  • A tutorís comments and feedback on a rough draft are secondary to the instructorís feedback and will not substitute for a rough draft check with the instructor that the student has missed.
  • Papers/drafts should be sent as a Word attachment and not copied and pasted into the body of the email.
  • Tutors will focus on helping students improve writing skills but will not have the responsibility of ascertaining as to if a student has plagiarized any or all of his/her written work. If an instructor wishes to have an assignment checked for plagiarism, the Learning Center recommends the use of the SafeAssign feature in Blackboard which is available to all faculty as a plagiarism resource.