Resources for Faculty
What We Do
The Santa Barbara City College Writing Center offers writing support services to all SBCC students in all subject areas. Our goal is to help students become more confident, self-directed, and informed writers so that they can achieve greater academic and professional success. The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring, workshops, and a variety of helpful support materials.
How to connect your students with our services
Include a section about Writing Center services in your syllabus. Click here to see a customizable example.
Incorporate tutorial assistance into your assignments by recommending or requiring students to visit the Writing Center as part of the assignment itself.
Offer extra credit to students who use the writing center or attend one of our workshops.
Invite a representative from the Writing Center to visit your class, or come to the CLRC for an orientation on our services.
Share your writing assignments with us so that we can collaborate with you in supporting your students.
Contact us to talk about the different ways we can support your students.
What we value
INDIVIDUALIZED, "LEARNING-CENTERED" SUPPORT
We are committed to providing opportunities for students to be active participants in their own learning. We are also committed to methods that are responsive to the learning process and the needs of learners in all their diversity. The enormous advantage of working one-on-one with students is that tutors can focus exclusively on addressing the dynamic and highly individual process of learning for each particular student. Tutoring is not simply more of what happens in the classroom, but rather a uniquely valuable opportunity when a tutor can adapt practice to support the individual writer.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF LASTING SKILLS
While students’ individual goals are often practical and immediate—getting the best grade on their papers—tutors assist students in looking beyond the individual assignment and toward the acquisition of lasting skills. These skills frequently extend beyond writing skills per se and include other skills critical to student success, such as time management, self-reliance, and self-awareness as learners. Tutoring helps students acquire the skills they need to strengthen themselves, to find their own voices, to recognize their own areas for improvement, and to participate in a process that will not only improve the document at hand but also the development of enduring skills and habits.
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (WAC)
Writing is a skill that is valued across the disciplines, and one-on-one writing tutoring is an effective complement to classroom instruction across the curriculum. Writing tutors assist students in meeting the demands of different types of writing assignments for a variety classes, including English, ESL, History, Philosophy, Early Childhood Education, Biology, Psychology, and Business Management. We encourage instructors from classes across the curriculum to invite students to work with Writing Center tutors on any type of writing for their courses.
For more information about WAC at SBCC, please see the WAC Guidebook.
THE WRITING AND LEARNING PROCESS
Writing is a mode of learning. Planning to utilize writing tutorials over the course of the semester gives instructors and students the advantage of receiving developmental and interim feedback on writing and critical thinking as it is happening, not just as it appears in a final document. Writing Center statistics continue to show a substantially higher level of success for students who use this service compared to peers in comparable courses who do not.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our services. We look forward to working with you and your students.
If you wish to learn more, please contact us or view our recent presentation "Helping Students Get the Most Out of the SBCC Writing Center" or our "Learning-Centered Practice at the SBCC Writing Center."