Writing at UTK
UTK has received the “Writing Program Certificate of Excellence” national award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Watch the video for more information about our Writing Program.
THE WRITING CENTER serves student writers in all disciplines of the UTK academic community by offering free and individualized help throughout the writing process. Thousands of students visit the Writing Center each year from all types of courses on campus.
Trained tutors (graduate students and lecturers) read and discuss student writing in one-to-one conversations and offer constructive feedback. We teach students how to think about their written work from the brainstorming stage to final revisions.
We work with writers on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. Also, we offer appointments for multilingual students who want help with coursework-related writing assignments.
The up-to-date, welcoming facility offers plenty of space for consultations with tutors, quiet space for writing drafts, computers, and a variety of writing and reference manuals.
Also, we operate a Grammar Hotline (865/974-2611) for brief queries about writing.
Two recent studies (in Learning and Instruction and the Journal of Literary Research) look at the effectiveness of different sorts of feedback for improving student writing. While the studies offer conflicting evidence about whether formal peer review leads to improved writing, both studies suggest that informal, non-directive feedback is the most likely to lead students to make complex revisions that lead to significant improvement in their writing.
[Strijbos, J. W., Narciss, S., & Dunnebier, K. (2010). Peer feedback content and sender’s competence level in academic writing revision tasks: Are they critical for feedback perceptions and efficiency? Learning and Instruction, 20, 291–303.
Covilla, A. E. (2010). Comparing peer review and self-review as ways to improve college students’ writing. Journal of Literacy Research, 42(2), 199–226.]