The UConn Waterbury Writing Center assists students who are doing any sort of writing for their classes at UConn. Have you started writing essays for your English classes? Are you putting together lab reports for your Biology classes? Are you taking a Sociology W course? If you are, you should bring your assignments to the Writing Center.
Room 227G- 2nd floor of the library
Spring 2020 Hours
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Writing Center can assist you with:
- Pre-writing and revision strategies
- Organizing ideas
- Fine-tuning thesis statements
- Developing more effective sentences
- Organizing paragraphs
- Proper citation
The Writing Center provides assistance to students working on:
- Rough drafts
- Short essays
- Lab reports
- Term papers
- Any sort of academic writing
Tutoring takes place in approximately one-hour sessions (they may be shorter or longer) that combine discussion of the writer’s goals and some writing that brings the assignment towards completion.
You may drop by for a tutoring session, but we suggest that you sign up in advance to assure a session with a tutor.
Sign-up sheets are located just outside the door of the Writing Center, room 227G, which is on the second floor inside the library. Please come by to sign up for an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Schedule an Appointment
We welcome all UConn students who are working on essays for their UConn classes, and we will assist you at any stage of the writing process. In fact, students often find it useful to work with a tutor even before they have written a draft (brainstorming), and we suggest that you consider coming in for more than one tutoring session so that we may help you to develop your thoughts and revise them. Tutoring sessions typically last one hour, although they may be shorter or longer.
Making Appointments We encourage you to sign up for a tutoring session in advance. Sign-up sheets are located just outside the Writing Center (Room 227G, 2nd fl. inside the library) and are available even when the Writing Center is not open.
Drop-Ins Drop-ins are welcome; however, you should be aware that our staff may be busy with those who have signed up for a tutoring session in advance, so we suggest that you come by the Writing Center to sign up for a tutoring session if you want to assure yourself of a tutoring session at a particular time.
Our Staff We currently have a staff of four peer tutors. All our tutors have been trained by writing center professionals and are devoted to development of good writers. While most of our peer tutors are majoring in English, others come from a variety of disciplines as diverse as Nutrition and Psychology.
You may also make an appointment by calling (203) 236-9836; however, please don't assume that you have made an appointment unless you actually speak to a member of our staff.
How to Cite
Here are two excellent sources on how to cite:
- Purdue University has put together an easy-to-use website with their MLA Formatting and Style Guide.
- The Duke University library system has put together a website on Documentation Guidelines for citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Bedford/St. Martin’s Press has put together an excellent website that provides:
- help in finding sources for research projects
- help in how you would document sources for research projects
- tips for evaluating sources
- a list of style manuals
- a glossary of research terms
Interested in Becoming a Tutor?
The Waterbury Campus Writing Center is looking for students who are interested in tutoring writing. All students are welcome to apply regardless of their semester status or major, but we particularly encourage sophomores with good writing and interpersonal skills who are majoring in English to apply. The ideal applicant is someone who:
- is a sophomore in good academic standing.
- has excellent interpersonal skills.
- is an English major or is planning to become one.
- has taken Freshman English (English 1010 or 1011) at UConn and has received at least a B in that class.
- can produce a writing sample (of at least seven pages) that demonstrates the use of several texts.
- is willing and able to commit approximately four hours a week to tutoring once he or she has been trained.
We pay $11.00 per hour to students who have been trained and are fully committed to working in the Writing Center.
Those who are interested should download and complete the Writing Center application and email Samuel.Robinson@uconn.edu to schedule an interview. If you’d prefer, you may give us a call at (203) 236-9836 or drop by the Writing Center, which is on the second floor inside the library in room 227G.