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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One-on-one Tutoring: Students can request regular writing tutoring on a weekly basis. Faculty can also refer students for regular tutoring. In this setting, the student will work directly with a tutor on writing assignments and building basic writing skills. Most likely, students working with a one-on-one tutor will commit to at least one to three hours a week for tutoring.

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 “dropped in” for tutoring on one assignment only.

Drop-in Tutoring: Tutoring is also provided on a per-assignment basis. Students can drop-in for tutoring during regular Writing Center hours and receive assistance on one particular assignment. There is no commitment to work with a regular tutor on a weekly basis and students can drop-in several times a semester. This choice may result in a wait time or no available tutor.

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 become a “fan” of 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. They can also utilize the “discussions” tab and post questions there, as well, in addition to contributing to a variety of other topics.

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.