Witherspoon Writing Lab

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Students looking for assistance on essay writing can find help in the Writing Lab in Witherspoon.

The graduate assistants who work in the lab explained that the goal of the lab is not to be a proof-reading service, but instead to be an essay tutor, walking students through their mistakes and how to correct them now and in the future.

“The purpose of the writing lab is to help students of any level better their writing,” said Graduate Assistant Timothy Beirne.

Students of any major and year are welcome in the lab. To see someone for help, all students must do is fill out a ticket with their request and wait for the next available person to assist them.

Assistance in the writing lab is not limited to marking a paper for mistakes or handing students a rewritten essay.

“We’re not here to edit or to rewrite papers,” Beirne explained. “We’re here to give them ideas and push them towards designing a better paper.”

Beirne and the other graduate assistants believe that the help they provide at the writing lab can help students become better writers for life. International students can also seek help from the international graduate assistant employed in the lab, or one of the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program graduate assistants in the lab.

“Personally, what I love is that I get to work with a lot of the international students,” said Graduate Assistant Morgan Frazier. “I’m in the TESOL program, so that gives me a lot of access to international students and lets me use some of the things I’m learning in classes to help them be better writers and better students.”

The lab also has an online portion to assist students who may not have the time to go into the lab in person.

“If they work during our hours, then put it online,” Frazier said. “You don’t have to submit it from one to five, you can submit it at any time in the day.”

The staff in the lab may disagree over the convenience versus the effectiveness of the online portion, however, students are always free to submit online if they prefer.

“I always encourage my students to come into the writing lab and not submit it online. That’s my least favorite part, is the online component,” said Graduate Assistant Brandon Willis. “I don’t think teaching and learning should be this digital, impersonal, far-away thing.”

If students would rather come into the lab, it is in Witherspoon Hall, Room 365, and the lab is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students can find the online lab on BlackBoard, or email Charles Tyrone at ctyrone@atu.edu for more information.

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