Encouraging Students to Use the Writing Center

Tell your students about the Writing Center via your syllabus, classroom announcements, video, flyers, or Blackboard. Students can come early in the process of writing a paper, and they can make multiple appointments. A last-minute visit may mean that the student may not have time to address bigger concerns of organization and structure, so encourage them to come early.

Our sessions are most effective when they are driven by students who know why they are there and what they want to accomplish. As a result, we ask that faculty do not mandate the use of the Writing Center.

Ways to Introduce the Writing Center
  • Show our 4 minute video to your class
  • Provide flyers (e-mail us at neuwritingcenter@gmail.com and we can send them to you via campus mail)
  • Pull up our website and social media outlets
  • Walk them through how to make an appointment.
  • Bring them to either Writing Center location.
Include The Writing Center in your Syllabus
Suggested Syllabus Language* (detailed version)

The Northeastern University Writing Center offers free and friendly tutoring and for any level of writer, including help with conceptualizing writing projects, the writing process (i.e., planning, researching, organizing, drafting, and revising), and using sources effectively. The Writing Center has two locations: 412 Holmes Hall (617-373-4549) for advance appointments and 136 Snell Library (617-373-2086) for walk-in appointments. Online appointments are also available. Hours vary by location. To make an appointment or learn more about the Writing Center visit our website at https://www.northeastern.edu/writingcenter. For writing tips and upcoming events, follow us on Facebook at NEUWritingCenter and Twitter @NEUWrites. Questions about the Writing Center can be directed to Kyle Oddis, Assistant Director, at k.oddis@northeastern.edu or Neal Lerner, Writing Center Director, at n.lerner@northeastern.edu.

*Language borrowed from University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center

Suggested Syllabus Language (concise version)

The Writing Center offers free and friendly tutoring for the Northeastern community for any piece of writing they are working on. Tutors can help with brainstorming, planning, researching, organizing, drafting, revising, and using sources. The Writing Center has two locations: 412 Holmes Hall (call 617-373-4549) and 136 Snell Library (617-373-2086). They also offer online appointments. To make an appointment, visit: www.northeastern.edu/writingcenter

Add a Link to the NU Writing Center on Your Bb Course Page

An easy way to provide your students ready access to the Writing Center’s website is to add a link to the Writing Center homepage on your class Blackboard site. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your course homepage, you have a control panel on the left side, and it’s here that you’ll be adding a link to the Writing Center.
  2. Click on the + in the top left of that box and then choose “Web link”:
  3. In the Add External Link box, name the link “NU Writing Center” and paste in this URL:  www.northeastern.edu/writingcenter
  4. Check the “Available to Users” box and click “Submit.”

That’s it! Now your students will see a link to the Writing Center’s homepage each time they’re in your Bb course site.