Writing Support Services

  • 1-on-1 Assistance
  • Writing Specialists
  • Trained Tutors
  • Writing Resources
  • Workshop

What’s the purpose of Writing Support Services?

Our purpose is to help writers learn to revise their own work, concentrating primarily on the higher order concerns of thesis/focus, development, organization, and to a lesser extent format (APA or MLA). Although consultants and tutors can help writers identify and address problems with grammar, punctuation, etc., they do not edit, proofread, or “fix” papers. Our goal is to help students continue to develop their writing.

Who can use writing support services?

Writing Support Services is open to all students who are currently enrolled in either a traditional class or online at USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Sarasota-Manatee at North Port. USF students who are enrolled only at the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Lakeland are encouraged to contact the writing centers on those campuses. We are happy to work with students of all levels on any skills and on any type of writing.

What’s New at LSS?

New Location. We are located at B222, near the infocommons in the Second Floor rotunda.

1-on-1 consultations with Writing Specialists. These faculty writing consultants and staff members are professionals with a background in writing instruction. Available by appointment.

1-on-1 consultations with Student Tutors. These student tutors are trained to work with students to improve their writing skills. Available by appointment and during (limited) walk-in hours.

Workshops. These specialized, group sessions address common topics that are often challenging for writers. Workshops are typically hosted by our Specialist staff members. They are scheduled throughout the semester and upon request by classes or groups.

Writing Skills Resources. The Information Commons has a library of books, handouts, and reference guides available for student use. Our handouts include information about grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, documentation, and many other topics.

Faculty Services. We provide a variety of services to make writing support services a classroom resource for faculty as well as for students.

Who’s Who in LSS?

Writing Specialists: Writing specialists are faculty writing consultants and professional staff members who have advanced degrees related to writing and education. They work with students on all types of writing assignments.

  • Dr. Keith Cavedo, a literature instructor at USFSM, returns as Faculty Writing Consultant. Dr. Cavedo has substantial professional writing and Writing Center experience; moreover, he has taught a variety of composition courses for a number of years. He welcomes all USFSM students to Writing Support Services!
  • Dr. Su Senapati, is an English and humanities Instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty Coordinator for Learning Support Services, and writing consultant. She looks forward to expanding the learning support services at USFSM.

USFSM Student Tutors: Student tutors are undergraduate and graduate students who have met rigorous eligibility requirements, have been recommended by faculty members, and have been trained to assist other students with their writing. Student writing tutors have demonstrated skills in writing and in working with other students collaboratively. If you are interested in becoming a student tutor, please see Deb Kochman, Interim Coordinator of Learning Support Services in B222A.

How does a student make a tutoring appointment?

Visit our Make an Appointment page to reserve a timeslot.

How should I prepare for a tutoring session?

We recommend making your appointment early in the writing process. This will ensure that you get an appointment (our hours fill up fast) and that you will have time to revise and make a return visit if you need additional help before your paper is due. Please see the list below to prepare for your appointment:

  • Bring a copy of the assignment or instructions including any information on the course syllabus about writing assignments
  • Be prepared to discuss the purpose and audience for your project
  • Be prepared to describe one or two of your main concerns about your writing (not including grammar or punctuation)
  • Bring a copy of your draft or outline as well as any notes or related source materials you have been using

What is the tutor's general approach?

Tutors help writers to think critically about their goals, to consider how an audience might respond to key points and evidence, and to examine the impact of organizational and visual elements of writing. Tutors do not copyedit or "correct" students' papers, although they might teach editing strategies or review rules of grammar or punctuation that writers may then apply to their own writing.