Tutors' Corner is for our tutors to discuss achievements, challenges, and pedagogical methods in tutoring writing. Students are also welcome to make contributions to this section in the form of testimonies, comments, or suggestions. Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linnea Barton – Writing Center Coordinator:
It is my privilege to welcome you to the Writing Center. Teaching and learning is my passion and it is a joy to work with people from all over the world to help them achieve their writing goals every day. I grew up in Montana riding horses and came to the University of North Dakota to study aerospace engineering. Half way through my degree I did an about-face and ended up graduating with a B.A. in English and Honors. I went on to get an ESL certificate and teach ESL and TESOL in China, Thailand and the US. I am currently finishing my thesis for an M.A. in Linguistics. When I’m not in the Writing Center I work as the Assistive Technology Specialist for the Office for Students with Disabilities. Besides ESL, I have also taught Composition on campus. I would love to help you brainstorm or plan out your project. I have a specialist interest in poetry, foreign languages and creativity. Many students bring me their personal statements and cover letters to discuss ideas for improvement. Please feel free to stop by any time with questions or send me an email at email@example.com. See you soon!
My name is Steph O’Connell and I am very excited to start my first year of tutoring at the Writing Center. I am currently a sophomore at UMC and I have always had a love for writing. From personal experience with friends and other students, I know writing is not for everyone and because of this I love to share my excitement. For me personally, gratification is achieved when a student is able to take what I have taught them, and apply it to their writings with little to no assistance. No matter the type of writing assignment or type of class the writing help is needed in, I take pride in being able to assist in all areas, and hopefully even learn some from those that I tutor.
Within the subject of writing, there are so many different variables that play a significant role; I know it can get frustrating for students to even know where to begin. I try to make things just a little simpler when it comes to grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, or formulating concepts and ideas by explaining thoroughly. No aspect of writing is too small to conquer and any student is able to achieve it if they put their mind to it. When I’m tutoring, I like to make sure the student understands how I arrive to my conclusions within writing, so they too can better themselves as we go. I may not be able to provide the exact answer in every situation, but I’m willing to provide all the help I can to make the writing process just a little smoother overall.
The Writing Center is an excellent tutoring source for all students. I am personally looking forward to the opportunity of assisting other students as well as expanding my own knowledge. I have always enjoyed expressing ideas in words. My favorite tool to use in writing is imagery. I believe every individual has a distinctive writing voice. Through practice, practice, practice each voice can be perfected to create a strong and confident writer. The power of the pen only stops at the imagination of each individual. The first step begins with a pen and paper.
One of my favorite but simple sayings pertaining to education captures the frustration I’m sure all people feel at one time or another: “You have to look stupid before you can look smart.” With that being said the next time frustration surfaces, relax, it is part of learning. Come to the Writing Center if help is needed.
Hello, I’m Lynne Mickelson. I am very excited to be joining the other staff at the UMC Writing Center. We are here to serve you by assisting with the writing process. I am looking forward to working with you. It is my passion to help students reach their goals and achieve their potential. My interest in working with students was inspired by my first grade teacher. I grew up on the North Dakota prairie. Fishing and hunting were favorite family activities. I enjoyed literature and math – an odd combination! Following high school, I attended Concordia College in St. Paul, MN, graduating with a major in Education and concentrations in Communications and Math. I have had the opportunity to teach language arts and math to students of many ages. Our family has recently moved to Crookston. In addition to teaching, I enjoy reading, family activities, and cooking. I also like to write.
Writing can be a challenging and rewarding exercise. Often we need the support of others to produce a piece of writing that is satisfying and communicates clearly. Just as an athlete trains, straining muscles and focusing his/her mind, a writer must hone his/her skills. “The muscles of writing are not so visible, but they are just as powerful: determination, attention, curiosity, a passionate heart.”~ Natalie Goldberg. I really appreciate Natalie’s words. Writing is hard work, but it is also very satisfying when done well. We at the Writing Center would enjoy coaching you through the writing process. Come by or make an appointment as you tackle your writing projects.