Welcome to the Faculty Resources page. This portion of the Writing Center website is dedicated to Blinn's faculty and staff. We hope you will find this page helpful. Keep checking back throughout the semester for new links, announcements, and information.
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The Writing Center tutors enhance their tutoring skills through training throughout the year. All of our tutors fulfill training requirements provided by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), which certifies the Writing Center. Currently, we have two tutors at Level II and twelve tutors at the Advanced Level. Regular training sessions keep our tutors informed of the latest innovations in tutoring techniques and provide the opportunity for discussion of tutoring practices being used in writing centers and writing labs across the nation. The Blinn College Writing Center exceeds all requirements for certification by CRLA. For more information about our training program, please contact the director, Dr. Richard Williamson, at (979) 209-7518.
We are continually updating and upgrading our website. Many instructors use handouts and links to writing labs on the site during class sessions. The handouts cover a wide range of topics, including documentation, using sources, and grammar. Check them out and let us know what you think about them. We value your feedback.
Writing Center tutors provide presentations throughout the year to current and prospective Blinn College students. In addition, the Writing Center co-sponsors several transfer essay workshops. Hundreds of Blinn College students have received help on their transfer essays and application materials during these workshops!
In addition to assisting students in one-on-one tutorial sessions on a daily basis, our writing consultants also assist instructors in the Parallel Studies labs, present orientation sessions to visiting classes, and give presentations to new and prospective Blinn students. We also give presentations to students in a variety of classes at Blinn College.
Over 200 Blinn students attend our student workshops every semester. Workshop topics include pre-writing strategies, thesis development, paragraph building, MLA documentation, grammar, and others. To see the current workshop schedule, please click on the “Events and Workshops” link. Students can register for workshops by stopping by the Writing Center (A119), calling (979) 209-7591, or sending an email to email@example.com.
Every year the Writing Center assists hundreds of Blinn students in preparing their transfer essays as part of their applications to four- year institutions. Four transfer essay workshops are scheduled throughout the year (two workshops in the fall and two workshops in the spring) to assist students in planning and writing these essays. More information will be posted soon about the dates, times, and locations for these workshops.
If you would like to bring your class to the Writing Center for a class visit, please call us at ext. 7591 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome any classes that would like to come in for a discussion of such topics as research strategies, essay planning and organization, and analyzing sources.
The Writing Center has numerous resources to assist Blinn students in all aspects of college-level composition. Our handouts are in both print and electronic formats, and they are used daily by tutors, instructors, and students. We also have an impressive library of books and articles that address issues related to writing at the college level.
Our tutors complete continuous training following the guidelines of the College Reading and Learning Association. Each level requires about forty hours of training. Our advanced tutors complete their own training requirements while also assisting with the guidance of training at the other levels. A lead trainer and the director plan and lead the training sessions, following CRLA guidelines. Other current projects include exploration of strategies for using portable tablets to enhance tutoring and researching writing centers at peer institutions. For more information about these projects, please contact us at (979) 209-7591 or email email@example.com.