In today's competitive job market, it's not enough to be an expert in your field. You also have to have the ability to clearly communicate what you know.
According to a 2006 student survey by The Conference Board, too many students don't have the writing skills they need to compete.
Food for thought:
- Eighty-one percent of Conference Board survey participants say their high school graduate hires have deficient written communication skills.
- Nearly half of all survey participants (47 percent) report that two-year college graduate hires have deficient writing skills.
- More than a quarter (28 percent) report that four-year college graduate hires have deficient writing skills.
So, why should you visit the University Writing Center? It's a competitive necessity.
That's why Post University is dedicated to developing and improving the written and presentation skills of all our students.
We require writing across all phases of each student's curriculum. This means that students are expected to complete at least one writing assignment for each class they take, learn the writing styles of their content areas, and learn the strategies of presenting an acceptable argument in each field.
The University Writing Center will work with students to refine their organization, critical thinking, grammar, structure, and style skills so they can produce quality written and presentation materials.
Students seek help at The Writing Center for many reasons:
- to brainstorm and generate ideas
- to understand differences in tone and style in differing disciplines
- to develop writing strategies that work
- to seek advice on how to revise and proofread their own writing
- to understand and use grammar correctly
- for help with a research paper
- for proper APA citation information
- for tips to avoid plagiarism
Tips for Making the Most of Your Writing Center Visit:
- Plan Ahead. Leaving a major writing assignment to the night before is a recipe for stress. Make an appointment with the Writing Center well before your assignment is due. In addition, come prepared with the name of the course, the name of the professor, and the exact wording of the assignment.
- Set Goals. Come to your writing center appointment with specific goals in mind. What questions do you have?
- Be Prepared to Work. We do not rewrite, edit, proofread or otherwise "fix" student writing. That's your job. Come to the writing center ready to learn and develop your own individual writing style. We will model, explain, and provide resources.
- Understand how the Writing Center Operates. Unless students ask that the session be confidential, we send student reports to instructors to let them know that the student is working to improve his/her writing skills. Instructors may also request or require that students visit the Writing Center to address specific writing issues.
Main campus students are asked to schedule an appointment for a one on one meeting by calling, stopping by the ULC, or submitting a draft or part of a paper using the submission form. Main campus students must meet with a writing coach in person.
The Center is adjacent to the University Learning Center located in North Room 116.
Online students can submit a paper for instructive comments by using the online form. Writing coaches do not provide proofreading services, but do offer constructive advice related to grammar, style, structure and other formal issues. This assistance is meant to enable students to improve their writing and should be viewed as a learning opportunity rather than a crutch.
All papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
ULC Writing Services
North Hall 116
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
203.596.4629 or 203.591.5695 203-596-4633
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.