A large-scale study of 70,000 students at 80 colleges and universities showed that students’ use of the writing center is one of the 15 most effective writing practices for learning (Anderson, Gonyea, Anson, and Paine, 2015). Between 22% and 42% more students who benefited from these effective writing practices, compared with students not benefitting from these writing strategies, reported greater college learning.
Writing centers regularly practice most of these effective writing strategies (see chart below), especially those on the Meaning Making writing dimension.
Anderson, P., Gonyea, R. M., Anson, C. M., & Paine, C. (2015). Contribution of writing to learning and development: Results from a large-scale multi-institutional study. Research in the Teaching of English, 50, 199-235.
When you visit the writing center, writing coaches can help you summarize, analyze, describe, argue, or explain your thesis, and to ascertain if it the paper is written it in the appropriate genre. The writing coaches can also help you clarify your instructors’ directions regarding your writing projects.
Writing centers are part of an evidence-based model of effective writing practices associated with college learning. Visit the writing center and we can help you apply the most effective writing practices to all your writing projects.
Jesús Salazar, Ph.D.
Jesús holds a B.A. (Pyschology) from Pitzer College, M.A. from UC Santa Cruz (Social and Development Psychology), and Ph.D. from USC (Educational Research). He taught five years at the USC School of Education, where he read hundreds of term papers. He worked 25 years at the L.A. Unified School District as a report writer, statistician, and database manager. He retired, but chose to work at APU’s Writing Center due to his writing background. His two passions are reading about history, economics, languages, and eschatology; and spending time with his family.