The Mary Baldwin University Writing Center serves students at all levels, in all programs, and on all campuses, including the MBU Staunton campus, Baldwin Online/Adult, and the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.
To schedule an appointment, review the “Meet the Tutors” page, then click on the black box above. If this is your first appointment, you will be asked to register. Once you log in, select the day, time, and tutor you want by clicking on any white space. Complete the appointment form, hit submit, and an automated reminder will be sent to your email address.
The Writing Center is housed in the Center for Student Success, a great collaborative space on the first floor of the Grafton Library. While in the Center, you’re likely to see your peers studying, meeting with faculty members, enjoying snacks and drinks from the Coffee Shop, or working with tutors on a variety of subjects.
Tutorials are usually one hour long, but shorter or longer sessions can be arranged. An example of a Writing Center session might include a tutor and student brainstorming a topic for a freshman English composition; however, since our writing tutors come from a variety of curricular backgrounds, that session might involve an in-depth explanation of Chicago Style documentation for a History senior thesis. If you are an MDCHS student, your tutor or even the Director of the Academic Resource Center may be working to help you complete a written assignment for your doctoral degree.
Face-to-face tutorials in our Center for Student Success are easy to schedule. Just click on the relevant link, quickly create an account if you haven’t done so, then consult the master schedule for specific tutors and their availability. Brief bios on our tutors that include their particular strengths and interests may help you make your selection.
If you are an online student and need an online tutorial, one can be arranged via Blackboard or Google Docs. Check the tutor’s availability for working with you online.
Whether you are staring at a blank screen with a blinking cursor, polishing a first draft, or finalizing citations for a research paper, the Writing Center can help you at any stage of the writing process. Typically tutors work with students to achieve the following objectives:
- Overcome writer’s block
- Understand a writing assignment
- Generate ideas and solve problems
- Consider audience, purpose, and context
- Develop a thesis
- Incorporate sources effectively and ethically
- Organize ideas and support them critically and creatively
- Understand grammar, punctuation, and usage
- Apply revision strategies
- Develop proofreading and editing skills
Writing Center student staff members can visit classrooms at any time of the semester to share information about our tutoring program, and the Director is available to consult with faculty members about ways to integrate effective writing assignments into their courses.
Note: If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please do so at least 60 minutes in advance. Missing two consecutive appointments ( two “no shows”) may affect your ability to schedule future appointments online.
Need more information? Contact Dr. Jenny Joczik, Director of the Academic Resource Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-887-7250