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What You Can Do
Inform Students of Our Services
Many students who would benefit from our services simply don’t know that we exist. Be sure to give them the Writing Center’s contact information!
Location: SMC Campus Center, Room 307, 621 W. Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21201
Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday (visit the website for available appointments)
Scheduling appointments: Appointments are scheduled through our website.
Schedule a Classroom Visit
Our consultants are more than happy to visit your class to explain our services. We're also more than happy to provide face-to-face instruction on a variety of topics, such as using APA, revising and editing, and composing a resume or CV.
If your course meets online, feel free to use our video presentation!
Include Our Information on Your Syllabus and Website
You can also include information about the Writing Center in your syllabus and on your course website.
Sample Syllabus Statement:
Students are expected to submit assignments that are written at the graduate/professional level. Therefore, you are encouraged to make use of the University’s Writing Center to improve your writing skills. To schedule an appointment with a writing consultant or to access various online writing resources, please visit www.umaryland.edu/writing.
Sample Website Statement:
The Writing Center is committed to helping registered UMB students become skilled, successful, and self-sufficient writers through one-on-one consultations, online writing resources, and a variety of workshops and events. To schedule an appointment with a writing consultant or to access any of the Writing Center’s other services, please visit www.umaryland.edu/writing.
Give Specific Feedback
We begin each consultation by asking the student, “What would you like to work on today?” Often, students come into the center without understanding the specific issues they need to address. You can help your students by specifying which aspects of their writing need attention. Is it the content? The grammar? The formatting? Point your students in the right direction.
Submit a Prompt or Rubric
To have a successful writing session, the student and consultant must both understand the student’s assignment. While we ask students to bring relevant course materials to their sessions, we find it helpful to have our own copies on hand in case students forget. This also helps us prepare for consultations and gives us a sense of each faculty member’s expectations regarding citations, format, and overall style.