A writing center is a place where students can drop in to discuss any writing related issue with an experienced writing coach. Students from any class can use the Writing Center to get feedback on any writing related topic.

Before receiving any Writing Center services, students must complete a one-time electronic orientation per semester before their first tutoring session. Some of the services we offer have a form that must be completed prior to tutoring; the forms are designed to collect information that will assist our tutors in providing quality feedback and instruction. Students may be asked to complete an optional survey at the end of their session.

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Tutoring

One-on-one Tutoring: Students may request regular writing tutoring on a weekly basis, may be referred by their instructor, or may visit the Writing Center on a per-assignment basis. In this setting, the student will work directly with a tutor on writing assignments and building basic writing skills. Students working with a one-on-one tutor may receive tutoring services for up to three hours per week. While appointments are preferred, students may also be seen as walk-ins. However, students should be aware that they are not guaranteed to be seen when they do not have an appointment, that they may have to wait until a coach is available, and that walk-ins are seen on a first come, first served basis.

Small Group Tutoring: Students with similar assignments may be assigned to one tutor to work in a small group setting. In this type of tutoring, students will collaborate with each other and with the tutor, who serves as a coach or guide through the writing process. Small groups will consist of no more than 3-4 students. These groups may include students who come for regular tutoring and those who have walked in for tutoring on one assignment only.

Oral Communication Tutoring: Students can use the Writing Center to develop effective speaking skills across academic disciplines and in other professional and social contexts. A tutor can help with oral presentations at any stage of development, including public speaking, group presentations, interviewing skills, and oral exams. We provide guidance on topic selection, organization, audience analysis, research, oral citation of sources, and speech or interview rehearsal.

Ask a Question – Facebook

Via Facebook, students can ask a grammar, citation, or general writing question. By accessing Facebook, students can search for the Gaston College Writing Center page. They must click “like” to follow the page, and then they have access to writing on the “wall.” There, students can submit general grammar and writing questions and check back for answers as the page is updated daily.

Oral Communications Lab at the Writing Center (OCL)

The ability to speak effectively is a learned skill that comes through repeated practice, speaking opportunities, and a mastery of proven presentation techniques. The Oral Communication Lab helps students develop effective speaking skills across academic disciplines and in other professional and social contexts.

Hours of Operation: OCL assistance is provided on an appointment-only basis. Please call 704-922-2369 to schedule appointments; operating hours vary by semester.

Tutoring: The OCL offers students personalized consultation and instruction on oral class assignments at any stage of development. A tutor can help with oral presentations, such as public speaking, group presentations, debates, and panel discussions. We also offer one-on-one tutoring in interviewing skills, oral exams and readings. We provide guidance on topic selection, organization, audience analysis, research, oral citation of sources, visual element design, speech apprehension, speech and interview rehearsal with video feedback.

Course Support: Faculty in any discipline may request customized Oral Communication support for their courses. We work directly with faculty to plan and deliver support that is tailored to the specific needs of the course and assignment. Support may include providing training in class or in workshops outside of class, developing evaluation/assessment tools (rubrics), and providing feedback to students.

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