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Drop-in writing assistance at Milner

The Visor Center offers academic assistance and writing critiques in various disciplines, with students as tutors.

The Visor Center offers academic assistance and writing critiques in various disciplines, with students as tutors.

Students now have the opportunity to get help with their writing assignments and skills from qualified tutors at Milner Library.

The university library and the Julia N. Visor Academic Center via University College have now joined efforts in order to help students succeed academically.

From 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the spring semester, students can visit the fourth floor of Milner for 30-minute writing sessions. The appointments will operate on a first come, first serve basis.

“The tutors will still be working with students to not only write better papers, but to enhance their writing skills,” Rebecca Elliott, coordinator of Learning Services, said.

“[Since] writing assistance in Milner is drop-in, students will be able to ask a brief question, continue working independently and check back in when they have another question,” she added.

Because each individual appointment will have a half hour time limit, students can re-add themselves to the waitlist if necessary when they are finished. Tutors will then work with students in the order in which they sign up.

“Students can get help at any point in the writing process from brainstorming to the final draft. It never hurts to have another set of eyes reading your paper,” Elliott said.

The strengths of the new program include offering flexibility to students, especially to those who may not need the customary 50-minute writing appointments. Also, taking place in the library gives students the opportunity to ask help from reference librarians in addition to the Visor Center tutors.

“We both realized that our services complement each other,” Dane Ward, interim dean of Milner, said.

“Students come to the library to study and find information for various writing assignments. The Visor Center provides writing assistance that will enhance student writing … Both Milner Library and the Visor Center are all about student success,” he said.

By bringing the library and the Visor Center’s resources together, ISU is now able to create the chance for students to get help with a variety of learning needs in one place.

“As [students] work on research papers or class assignments in the library, they will be able to find guidance and feedback right there,” Ward said.

“I think students will find that this service is a convenient way to double their learning opportunities in one place. By bringing Visor Center services into Milner Library, we create the possibility of one-stop learning.”

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