By Bailey Saulters
At some point during all Tyler Junior College students’ academic careers, they will need to write an essay or a research paper. They might need to write multiple papers at one time for different classes. For many individuals it can be an exhausting task, either due to the sheer volume of research required for a topic or wondering if their papers hit the proper word count.
For some, they might not be sure where to start or how to format their papers appropriately. TJC offers students access to tutors to help students in any stage of the writing process.
Nicole Hicks, TJC’s Writing Center specialist, explains the Writing Center is a place where students are welcomed to come and get help with any writing assignments on campus. Center staff members also help with any stage of the writing process.
For students who are not comfortable with approaching when needing help, Hicks said she understands the negative stigma attached to seeking out help from a tutor.
“That it is a matter only of people who are failing their classes
or struggling to learn, but that is not true. Writing is not a solo process, every paper and every writer in the world can always improve,” Hicks said.
The tutors in the Writing Center are most often fellow TJC students who have been freshmen and who have sat in the same classrooms wrestling with the same issues most have when writing.
One of the Writing Center’s peer tutors, Jenny Dewease, said, “My first semester here I was terrified to come to the Writing Center because I always thought I was terrible at writing and they’re going to judge me. The tutors here, they’re very understanding. They will listen to you and actively look at your writing to see where it is that you need help.”
Tutors work one-on-one with students in order to personally help them in whatever area they need. Both Hicks and Dewease encourage more students to stop by and ask for help.
The Writing Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The center is located on the second floor
of the Vaughn Library. For more information, visit tjc.edu/info/20044/tutoring.