Many students know the woes of getting a paper back and seeing it covered with red marks pointing out simple errors that could have been caught with extra proofreading.
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The Miller Writing Center on campus is here to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“We proofread papers, but we also help with brainstorming, thesis development and almost anything else you can think of,” said Scott Dukes, a writing center employee.
Dukes, a sophomore in English, has thoroughly enjoyed working at Writing Center the past few months.
“I knew I wanted a people oriented job, but I wanted to use my interests in the work place. When I saw the job posting on the school website, I knew this would be perfect,” said Dukes.
Dukes says his favorite thing about working at the Miller Writing Center is that every session is unique and presents a challenge.
“Everyone who comes in for a session is going to have different needs depending on where they are in the writing process or what class they are writing for,” said Dukes.
“We handle absolutely anything related to writing: brainstorming, proofreading, outlining, thesis clarification, any citation, MLA or APA. We even look at personal writing as long as it’s not a legal document,” said Dukes.
There are six locations on campus including: Ralph Brown Draughon Learning Commons, The Learning Resource Center in Haley Center, the Athletic Complex, Multicultural Center, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, and the Architecture building.
Whether someone brings in an ENGL 1100 assignment or a nuclear physics dissertation, the Miller Writing Center will help. Students may sign up for up to 120 minutes of tutoring per week.
Registration for a one-on-one session may be done online. Students even have the option of sending a record of their time at the Writing Center to their instructors. These reports are only available upon request.
“One of the great things about MWC is that all locations are open to all students. Our location in the library stays open during the week until 9pm so a lot more students are able to come in for help,” said Dukes.
The Miller Writing Center is one of many academic services available on Auburn’s campus. Whether someone is an incoming freshman or a graduate student, the Miller Writing Center is here to help.
“I think the Writing Center is a great resource for students,” said Dukes. “We always have new people coming in for the first time and it’s amazing how many people hadn’t noticed we were here before.”
The newest location in the Learning Commons in RBD certainly has alerted students to the Miller Writing Center, and the hope is that people will continue to utilize this free service.