Mission

In keeping with Oklahoma City Community College's mission of intellectual growth and development, our mission is to be the best and most effective communications resource for OCCC students and faculty and to foster a community of academic writers and thinkers. Our goal is to provide labs that reinforce and strengthen language skills in the context of: resource materials, peer tutoring, writing workshops, professional mentoring, and cultural awareness. We offer a comfortable, student-centered atmosphere for learning and discussion.

What is a writing center and how can it help me?

A writing center is a place where students can develop their writing and critical thinking skills. This often occurs through discussion about their assignments, peer tutoring and effective study skills. The writing center at the Communications Lab offers these services at no charge to OCCC students. The Communications Lab is a place where students can get help on writing assignments for any class that includes writing as a part of the course work, and we provide assistance on all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to revising.

Will the writing center proofread my paper?

It can be frustrating for students who mistake the writing center for a paper “fix-it shop” not to get the help they expect when they sit down with a tutor. Remember that the revision process is a stage of the writing process, just like brainstorming and drafting. If a tutor did any stage of this process for you, it would no longer be your work; this amounts to plagiarism. The writing center can provide a student with valuable advice about writing, but we cannot do the revision work for you. It is ultimately your responsibility to produce the best work you can.

A tutoring session works best if you plan ahead and bring specific issues you want the tutor to address. If you are focused in the revision process, try to complete this stage on your own, and any roadblocks you encounter would be good issues to bring up in a tutoring session. When you sit down with a tutor, avoid statements like “I need help with grammar” or “I just need a proof.” Instead, statements like “I need help identifying comma splices” or “My instructor requires MLA formatting. Have I done this correctly?” are more effective.