The UWF Writing Lab provides weekly workshops to review the grammar and mechanics of writing.
What is Skill-of-the-Week Tutoring?
Skill-of-the-Week Tutoring is a series of workshops available to students, faculty, and staff who want to review the grammar and mechanics of writing or who are required by their writing professors to do follow-up skills lessons based on the students’ diagnostic test results.
Each session consists of instruction, an interactive review or discussion of the skill, and assessment. Each session is conducted by a trained Writing Lab assistant. Sessions typically take 30 minutes to an hour.
What should I consider before signing up for a session?
- Locate your Student Lab Work Form. You should have received this form if you took the Lab's Diagnostic Test. You need the form to help determine which grammar sessions you need and want (Note: You may still attend our weekly grammar sessions if you have not taken the Diagnostic Test);
- Determine how many appointments you'll need. You are allowed to make appointments for the current week and the following two weeks only. You can make more appointments as needed as the semester progresses;
- During a normal week, we offer seven grammar sessions per day on Thursdays and Fridays;
- Note that the Lab presents a different skill or pair of skills each week. Look carefully at the tutoring schedule to make sure you schedule appointments on the appropriate weeks;
- The only opportunities to make up missed sessions are to attend our Grammar Classmate @ 8! and Grammar Live @ 5! online sessions. These online sessions take place on Mondays, and they begin at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Skills for the online sessions are the same as those offered the previous Thursday and Friday.
How do I schedule a Skill-of-the-Week Tutoring appointment?
- To make an appointment, go to Navigate in MyUWF; click the blue "View Advising/Student Support or Tutoring" button on the upper, right-hand corner of the page; select the Writing Lab, and follow the promts;
- You may also call 850.474.2229 or visit the Main Writing Lab;
- Make sure you have the following to expedite the scheduling process:
- your UWF Gmail address, and
- the names of the specific grammar sessions you want to attend;
- Check your e-mail for messages confirming your appointments.
How should I prepare for a session?
- Review the grammar rules. The grammar session will not last longer than an hour, and there will be other students in the room. Just as with any class, the sessions will be more productive if students review the appropriate materials beforehand and come to the grammar sessions with questions.
- If you need to cancel your appointment, contact the appropriate Writing Lab office at least twenty-four hours in advance. If you need to cancel your appointment while the Writing Lab is closed, you may either call and leave a voicemail message or e-mail us. Please give us your name, and the date and time of your appointment.
What do I need to know before the session begins?
- Be early. Under no circumstances will late students be allowed in the room -- late students will disrupt a session;
- Upon arrival, ask the tutor in the Tutoring Room if you may enter -- he or she may not be ready for students to enter. If the tutor would like you to wait, please do so in the hallway outside of the Tutoring Room until the tutor announces that students with appointments may enter the room;
- Bring a pen or a pencil;
- Bring a copy of your Lab Work Form if you have one;
- You may not use a smartphone, a laptop, a tablet, or any other electronic device during the session unless you have been granted accommodations by the Student Disability Resource Center.
What happens during the Skill-of-the-Week session?
- Each session will last no longer than one hour, so be prepared to participate and be present for the entire hour;
- A Lab assistant will work with you on a single skill. Our Lab assistants are well trained, but they have different personalities and teaching styles. We encourage creativity, so expect different types of activities depending on which assistant is on duty when you are present;
- You will be asked to complete a worksheet that reviews the respective grammar rules, but the tutors evaluate your performance in these sessions only as "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory." The Lab assistants will grade your worksheet as Unsatisfactory only if you
- use a prohibited electronic device,
- consume food,
- are absent for part of the session, or
- are otherwise disruptive or not engaged during the session;
- You will be asked to hand your worksheet to the Lab assistant after the session ends. We use the worksheets to track and verify your attendance.
What happens after the session?
- We document your attendance on the Class Lab Work Form. Your professor will receive a completed Class Lab Work Form near the end of the semester;
- You should continue to review grammar rules since you might not remember everything that was reviewed during the session.