How to use the AWC
Writers follow their own unique writing processes as they try to convey ideas in their brains into words. Ultimately, your instructors want to see improvement in your work, which includes strong, organized writing that demonstrates mastery of the subject matter, critical thinking, and accuracy. The AWC strives to help you learn the skills you need to succeed as writers so that you can apply what you learn to writing situations outside the Ashford classroom.
The AWC can help you at any point in your writing process. You can make the most of the Ashford Writing Center by considering these tips:
- Be prepared. Complete your homework and assigned readings. Writing consultants help you express ideas, but they are not subject matter experts.
- Have realistic expectations. Writing consultants, whether in real-time or by email, will encourage you to ask questions and think about communicating effectively with your audience. Consider the writing consultants as coaches and guides, not editors.
- Prior to a tutoring session, read your assignment prompt carefully. Make sure you understand what your instructor is asking. Contact your instructor if you have questions before you visit the AWC.
- For brainstorming help, you can check out the Writing Resources tab, or contact us through Live Chat.
- If you already have a draft (even a very partial draft or outline) and would like comments from a writing consultant, follow these steps before submitting:
- Run your paper through Writing Reviser and correct grammar and punctuation errors.
- If appropriate, submit your paper to Turnitin.com.
- Make a list of questions for the writing consultant so you can use the tutoring time efficiently. Due to high demand, Live Chat sessions are limited to 15 minutes.