The Writing Center at the William T. Young Library is supposed to help students perfect their papers, but that is hardly the case.
The Writing Center’s website says, “The Writing Center assists University of Kentucky students, faculty, and staff with the process of writing.” But it’s hard to assist when appointments can’t exceed 30 minutes.
As I walked past its office windows on a Wednesday evening, no tutors were working with students. Most looked like they were working on personal tasks.
At the entrance, the receptionist told me I needed an appointment, but only one spot was available at 8 p.m.
While I sat down to wait, the receptionist walked back to speak to the tutor I would be working with.
But instead of telling her that the next appointment arrived, she stood and had a conversation for the 20 minutes I was waiting.
When I could finally sit down with the tutor at 8 p.m., she told me to pick the most problematic section of my paper we could work on because my appointment was only 30 minutes.
To make matters worse, the tutor had no concept of time. She tried to wrap up early because she was staring at the clock on my computer that runs 10 minutes fast.
If the Writing Center is going to require students to have an appointment and only work with tutors for 30 minutes, other services should be offered.
The services at The Study peer tutoring program offer tutors six days a week without appointments, and students can stay for as long as it’s open.
How can students consider the Writing Center a proper program when we can’t even have our six page papers edited?
We are going to college at a reputable university; most papers assigned will be five pages or more.
Karin Lewis, the director of UK Academic Enhancement, said, “As stated in our mission, AE is student-responsive. Therefore, in order to provide new or expanded services, there must be a demonstrated need/demand.
So far, students are not coming to The Study requesting peer tutoring for writing. So, we have not pursued it further than the APP (Academic Preparation Program) and peer tutoring in the humanities, for now.”
What good is the Writing Center if you can only get three pages edited at a time?
Go to The Study and drop in a suggestion at the front desk that you want writing tutors who can give help on the spot. Or you can send an email to TheStudy@uky.edu.
We should be getting help from other students for however long we need if we’re the ones paying tutors’ salaries with our tuition.
I’m not willing to pay someone to do his or her homework when a student is waiting to get help; you should not either.
Amanda Powell is a journalism junior. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.