Faculty Resources

Thanks for your interest in the work we do at SLC. We're here to help your students.

For explanations about the process for recommending that students use our services, please view the categories on the left of this screen. Please also contact us with any questions you have regarding our services.

Request an SLC Presentation

If you're eager to spread the word about SLC's services to your students, please invite one of our SLC Ambassadors to visit your class. We'll explain our services and provide our contact information to your students.

Email Amy Crouse-Powers at amy.crouse-powers@oneonta.edu, if you would like to request a SLC introduction in your class.

SLC provides a wide range of tutoring services to students. Ideally, students sign up for our services on their own by going to our online scheduling service, Tracktion at https://tracktion.oneonta.edu.

You can also recommend that students come to SLC for help.

Our interactions with students are confidential. We do not report back to faculty on a student's progress at SLC.

What types of tutoring are available?

When a student has trouble in a specific 100- or 200-level course, s/he will be assigned to a peer tutor. Those assigned to peer tutors will meet once weekly for one hour per session.

If a student is concerned about study skills (time management, test taking skills, test anxiety, etc.) or reading, s/he will be assigned an academic coach. 

Students who need help brushing up on basic math skills will be assigned an academic coach (if one is available).

If a student wants help with a writing assignment (essay, research paper, report, etc), s/he can sign up for a one-time, half-hour writing consultation with a professional tutor in the Writing Center.

Students can sign up for longer-term writing tutoring appointments (two times a week for one-half hour for five weeks) with a professional tutor in the Writing Center. 

As “writing across the curriculum” becomes a goal of teachers in all disciplines, the Writing Center stands ready to assist faculty members in making writing a productive part of their instruction.

We can help students with writing

If you are teaching a course that requires papers from your students, please let your students know that SLC’s Writing Center services are available. Our goal is to help students with writing processes with the goal of improving the overall development of the writing. .

If there are specific students who you think would benefit from our instruction, please recommend that they come to SLC to arrange for an appointment with a professional tutor. 

While your encouragement to the student to seek assistance at SLC is usually very helpful, please do not require students to come to the Writing Center. Their investment in their work with us is important for us to achieve success. Forcing the issue does not tend to aid in development of such investment.

We can help students with reading and study skills

Please let your students know that we have both peer and professional tutors. Our free peer tutoring program can assist students with comprehending course content. Our academic coaches can help them with study and reading strategies.

Students should not be required to seek tutoring, but we do appreciate having faculty remind students of the availability of our services.

Pending Grades

The grade “PEN” indicates that the course work has been satisfactory but there is some persistent inadequacy in writing or reading. Instructors should refer a student to the Student Learning Center's Writing Center as soon as a problem is discovered and not wait to assign a “PEN” grade at the end of the term.

The “PEN” grade may be used when an instructor discovers a specific skill deficiency (writing or reading) in a student’s work, but not in place of an “E” or “I” grade. Students who receive a
“PEN” grade are required to start remediation during the next semester in residence. Pending grades may not be assigned in non-credit courses. When a “PEN” grade is given in a course, the deadline for completion of the course is identical to that given for an Incomplete, i.e., during the semester following that in which the “PEN” was assigned. For “PEN” grades assigned in the fall, the deadline is the last week in April. For “PEN” grades assigned in the spring or summer, the deadline is the last week in November. Failure to complete “PEN” grades will result in a failing grade for the course. With the student’s consent, an instructor may extend the “PEN” grade whenever there is an educational advantage in doing so. This may be accomplished by submitting an Extension of Incomplete form with the Registrar, prior to the incomplete/pending deadline.

Instructors assigning “PEN” grades on grade sheets must complete and attach a “Student Notification of Pending Grade” form, providing a brief but clear written statement of the exact skill to be mastered in order to pass the course. The Registrar will send a copy of this form to the student and to the Writing Center.

Note: Pending Grades are not assigned at the graduate level.

What we can't do

We don’t do simple proofreading or editing. We offer instruction on writing processes, not last-minute grammar checking. We’ll gladly teach a student how to edit his or her own work, but our emphasis in conferences is usually on helping the student respond to an assignment, develop and organize your ideas, and write clearly. 

SLC'S Writing Center can help a student with work for almost any class, as well as with short, expository pieces of writing oriented toward the student's career (such as a resume, a cover letter, or a graduate school application essay). 

Our peer tutor program is staffed by excellent students who come to us through the recommendation of their professors.

At the end of each semester, we would appreciate it if you would take a few moments to email to Amy.Crouse-Powers@oneonta.edu a list of the students you think would be good tutors for their peers.

Students can also come to professors to seek their recommendation. An EMAIL to Amy.Crouse-Powers@oneonta.edu is sufficient for a recommendation. A formal letter is not necessary.

We thank you for helping us find qualified, reliable tutors!

Here's a great article we read on Tomorrow's Professor that can help you help students with writing: 824. Things You Could Start Doing Today for the Benefit of Your Students' Writing. (you'll have to put 824 in the search box to access this excellent article)

Another article that is helpful when thinking about how to respond to students who come to you for help with their writing: The Student is a Writer, and the Writer is a Student: Giving Positive Feedback and Constructive Criticism to Student Writers By Mona Pelkey

Forms

Writing Center Permission Form 

Page one of this form is for students to complete for EVERY meeting with a Writing Consultant.

Page two of this form is used by a course instructor to alert the Writing Center that some or all of his/her students are granted permission to seek help with assignments for his/her course.

Tutor Recommendation Form 

This form is used by course instructors to recommend individual students to be peer tutors.