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Writing Center


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Downtown D131
(608) 243-4289 option 3

FORT ATKINSON 
Student Achievement Center
(608) 243-4289 option 5

PORTAGE 120
(608) 745-3100

REEDSBURG 
Student Achievement Center
(608) 524-7800 ext. 7702

South 148
(608) 243-4289 option 6

TRUAX 
Student Achievement Center
(608) 243-4289 option 2

WATERTOWN
Library
(920) 206-8000 ext. 8315

Hours vary by term and location.

Sarah Z. Johnson
Director
(608) 246-6595
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Writing Center

More than 40 instructors, professional and peer tutors are available to help you with any written assignment or project. Services are free, and you can meet in person on any campus. You can also email assignments for review.

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"My tutor was great, very helpful, and understanding!” -Erin

Hours

Fall 2016 Hours

(Open September 6 through December 14)

Downtown Madison Coordinator, Ryan Browne rbrowne@madisoncollege.edu 

  • Monday and Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fort Atkinson Coordinator, Virgil Miller - vrmiller@madisoncollege.edu 

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Portage Coordinator, Angie Sommers - aksommers@madisoncollege.edu

  • Tuesday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Thursday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Reedsburg Coordinator, Angie Sommers aksommers@madisoncollege.edu 

  • Tuesdays 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

South Madison Coordinator, Julia Cechvala - jcechvala@madisoncollege.edu

  • Monday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Truax Coordinator, Susanne Treiber - streiber@madisoncollege.edu

  • Monday and Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Watertown Coordinator, Jonathon Drewsen - jwdrewsen@madisoncollege.edu

  • Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Schedules are subject to change without notice.

Your Visit

In order to be prepared for your in-person tutoring session, please:

  • Know your student ID number (OneCard) or your Madison College username. We use this to log you in.
  • Bring or have access to all assignment guidelines and materials (articles, outlines, other drafts) related to the assignment.
  • Prioritize what you want to discuss. You and your tutor will likely only be able to focus on one or two main issues - a great reason to schedule more than one visit to the Writing Center!

In a typical 30-minute Writing Center appointment, your tutor will ask you to:

  • Review the writing assignment with him/her.
  • Read your assignment aloud.
  • Answer questions or work on writing strategies.

We track all appointments with our TutorTrac system, which allows tutors to email your instructor a summary of what you discussed during the session.

Online Tutoring

Online tutoring is a great option for those seeking feedback from a Writing Center tutor but can't make it to one of our campuses. Below are the online tutoring guidelines, but you may also view the Online Tutoring video for more details.

1. Your paper will be reviewed, not edited, proofread or "fixed." Writing Center tutors will note overall issues/concerns (including grammatical errors), but they cannot point out each and every spelling or grammar error.

2. You will receive feedback from a tutor within one business day.

3. Your attached file MUST be a Word document and may not exceed 2MB in size.

online tutoring form

What to Know

ABOUT APPOINTMENTS

  • Scheduling an Appointment: Each appointment is made for a minimum of 30 minutes, starting on the ½ hour. It is possible to make 2 back-to-back appointments if you want to meet with someone for 60 minutes. Appointments can be made online using Tutor Trac, by phone at 243-4289, or in person. It is helpful to book your session one or two days in advance.
  • Walk-in Appointments: Walk-ins are welcome, but we cannot guarantee tutor availability. Students with existing appointments take priority over walk-ins.
  • Appointment Arrival: Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you know you will be more than five minutes late for your appointment, please contact us. Otherwise, we may work with a walk-in student during that time.
  • Cancellations/Missed Appointments: It’s easy to cancel a session by using Tutor Trac or calling us directly. Please do this as soon as you know you will not be able to make your appointment. You are never penalized for canceling an appointment. However, if you miss 3 appointments in a semester, you may be limited from reserving appointments.

TUTOR/CLIENT (TUTEE) INTERACTION

  • What We Discuss: Our goal is to help students be more effective communicators. To do this, we will ask you about your concerns, discuss the strengths of your piece, ask questions to improve clarity, and highlight areas of growth at the sentence level. By the time you leave your session, you should feel you have more understanding of your writing and some plans on how to improve it.
  • Active Participation: Tutors will not proofread your paper. Proofreading--reading and marking up your work without direct interaction--does not give you an opportunity to learn how to revise and edit your own work. So, be ready to engage in the writing process with your tutor.
  • Academic Integrity: Plagiarism is a difficult issue for any Writing Center. We will assume that the writing you bring in is your own. If a tutor feels that a paper is clearly not your work and you resist reworking the potentially plagiarized elements of the assignment, the tutor may cancel the session at his or her sole discretion.
  • Confidentiality: The Writing Center believes that a collaborative relationship between instructors, tutors, and student writers is the most conducive to writing improvement. We respect the confidentiality of every tutoring session. If you have special concerns, please discuss them during your session.
  • Email Sent to Instructor: After your Writing Center session, a visit confirmation is sent to your instructor.  This summary does not evaluate you, your instructor, or your assignment in any way. If you’d rather your instructor not be notified of your visit, just let your tutor know this.  Most instructors, however, are pleased to learn that you have visited the Writing Center and are working on your writing skills.

IMPROVING OUR PRACTICE

  • Disabilities: The Writing Center accommodates disabilities, and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please let us know how we can accommodate your needs.
  • Client Feedback: After your first visit each semester, you are asked to complete two surveys. The first is upon your first visit to the Writing Center. It focuses on the language diversity of our students. The second is a survey asking you questions about our services. If you are concerned with the performance of the center or your tutor, you may contact the Writing Center Director, Sarah Z Johnson, directly at szjohnson@madisoncollege.edu.
Be a Tutor

Do you enjoy teaching and learning from others? Are you someone who has always been good at writing? Have you always considered writing difficult and tedious? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider enrolling in “English 2: Peer Tutoring and Writing” and becoming a Madison College Peer Tutor!

ABOUT THE COURSE

This course meets the same requirements and transferability as any English 2 class. However, it includes the added bonus of improving your writing and communication skills by helping others improve theirs. You will experience both traditional classroom learning as well as hands-on learning in the Writing Center.

After successfully completing the Peer Tutoring course, you will be eligible to join our exceptional Writing Center staff as a paid peer tutor. It’s an excellent way to continue honing your communication skills, meet other students and earn extra cash. It is also a great experience to include on a resume!

WHAT PAST PEER TUTORS HAVE SAID

  • “I never considered myself ‘tutor material.’ I certainly wasn’t a perfect writer. But I learned you don’t need to be the best writer to be a really good tutor.”
  • “’Peer Tutoring and Writing’ changed the way I write. In helping others organize their ideas, I learned better organization.”
  • “Those moments when I’d be working with someone and together we made a breakthrough – that’s just awesome.”

WANT MORE INFORMATION?

Email Writing Center Director Sarah Z. Johnson at szjohnson@madisoncollege.edu.

Did you know we have Conversation Circles?

Conversation Circles are your chance to practice expressing yourself verbally in a group setting.  Perfect for but not limited to non-native English speakers, group participants select topics for discussion around American culture, college life or academic language learning. An ESL-trained facilitator helps the students work together to expand vocabulary and discuss strategies and resources for improving oral communication skills. To join a conversation circle, email our Language Acquisition Specialist at streiber@madisoncollege.edu.  

 

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The Writing Center's mission is to help members of the Madison College community become more effective, confident, and successful communicators.